Jim Leyland 18th to reach 3,000 games
CHICAGO -- Detroit's Jim Leyland became the 18th manager to work 3,000 major league games when the Tigers wrapped up their weekend series against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night.
Leyland declined comment on the milestone before the game, saying, "No, we're not talking about that."
Leyland entered with a 1,486-1,511 record over 19 years with Pittsburgh, Florida, Colorado and Detroit, leading the Marlins to the championship in 1997 and the Tigers to the pennant in 2006. The 1989 Pirates played two weather-related ties that counted as games managed.
Eleven of the first 17 managers to reach the milestone are in the Hall of Fame, and the other three who are still active -- Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre -- likely will get there.
Leyland is just the fourth with a losing record to work 3,000 games, joining Connie Mack (.486), Bucky Harris (.493) and Gene Mauch (.483).
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