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08/13/08 2:05 AM ET
Torre passes McCarthy for No. 7 in wins
Dodgers manager records 2,127th victory in walk-off fashion
By Michael Schwartz / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- When Andre Ethier drove home the winning run in the Dodgers' 4-3 victory over the Phillies on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, Dodgers manager Joe Torre surpassed Joe McCarthy for seventh on the all-time managerial wins list with career win No. 2,127. "It certainly will be a memorable one for more reasons than one," Torre said. Torre, in his first year at the helm in Los Angeles, but in his 27th Major League season as a manager, has previously been the skipper for the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and most recently the Yankees for the last 12 seasons, during which time he won 1,173 games. He downplayed this latest milestone, which put him 32 victories behind former Senators manager Bucky Harris for sixth all-time. "It just means that you're old and doing this and somebody keeps being silly enough to give you a job," Torre said. "But I've never gotten caught up in stuff like this, because I figured the time to do this is when I'm not doing this anymore, and then you sort of look back and hopefully admire a lot of things." McCarthy also made his name as the Yankees' skipper, leading New York to seven championships in his 16 years with the club from 1931-46. During his 24-year career, he helmed the Cubs and Red Sox as well. "In New York, Joe McCarthy had a pretty good track record, obviously," Torre said. "The thing that impressed me is when you start getting named in the same breath as Casey [Stengel] and Ralph Houk and McCarthy and Miller Huggins, guys like that, then it becomes something that gets your attention."
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.