Showalter’s next win will be the 1,000th of his career,something he said he became aware of recently when his kids informed him of the pending milestone.
He’ll be the 58th manager in baseball history to reach 1,000.
“It just reminds you what an honor it is to be in the big leagues and have a chance to do it for a while and be around so many good players, good general managers, good owners, good organizations,” said Showalter, who is 999-957 (.511 winning percentage). “Not a day goes by where I don’t wake up and realize what an honor it is to be in the big leagues. It’s a certain covenant you have to live up to, so it’s a challenge every day. I think most of it is just longevity.”
Showalter’s first win came on April 7, 1992 at Yankee Stadium, when his New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox and Roger Clemens’ 4-3 on Opening Day.
In typical Showalter fashion, he downplayed that win Monday.
“I remember walking up the runway and realizing you had about 45 seconds before you had to figure a way about the next game,” Showalter said. “I remember all the losses, though.”Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times