Leyland manages 3,000th game

Leyland manages 3,000th game

CHICAGO -- Sunday was Jim Leyland's 3,000th game as a Major League manager, making him the 18th manager in baseball history to reach the mark. He hopes to manage many more.

"I feel good. I'm enjoying what I'm doing," Leyland said this weekend. "I guess that means you're old. Other than that, I don't put a lot of stock in [records]. I like [managing], and I'm going to try to continue to do it. We'll see how that works out."

Leyland said he does not want to be a "hanger-on" as a manager, somebody who hangs around in another post for posterity after he's done managing, unless he feels he can provide some benefit. He also doesn't want to feel like he's hanging on as a manager. He doesn't expect to be around if the club feels like it can do better.

"I don't ever want to be the problem," he said. "If I'm the problem, they won't have to tell me. I'll know I'm the problem."

He also doesn't want to keep managing if he doesn't have the fire for it. He stepped down after one season in Colorado for that reason, and he says he'd do it ago if he lost the passion for it. But he doesn't feel that way, and he feels like this has been a fun team for him to manage because of the teaching aspect he has had to rekindle.

"I'm having a good time with this team," he said. "I don't like all the results sometimes. I get ticked off, and I'm glad I get ticked off. If I don't get ticked off, I should go home. But I don't get ticked off every day."

Leyland has a statistical quirk in that his sum of wins and losses does not equal his total games managed. He can thank two games from his 1989 season managing in Pittsburgh for that. A pair of Pirates games that year were called due to inclement weather, but had tie scores at the time. Those counted as official games, but didn't count in his win-loss record.

As it is, with Joe Torre and Bobby Cox stepping down at season's end, Leyland will be second in wins among active managers behind his good friend, Tony La Russa, whose future is also undecided.