Angels manager Mike Scioscia notches 1,000th victory

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With the Angels’ 6-5 victory over the Indians on Sunday, Mike Scioscia became the fifth active manager to reach 1,000 wins.

The up-to-the-minute list:

1. Tony La Russa – 2658-2308 – .535 winning percentage
2. Jim Leyland – 1510-1536 – .495
3. Dusty Baker – 1423-1300 – .523
4. Bruce Bochy – 1292-1316 – .495
5. Mike Scioscia – 1000-817 – .550
6. Terry Francona – 955-861 – .526
7. Buck Showalter – 930-875 – .515
8. Ron Gardenhire – 815-676 – .547
9. Charlie Manuel – 786-628 – .556
10. Jim Tracy – 737-707 – .510

Scioscia is the 56th manager in major league history to reach 1,000 victories and the 23rd to reach that total with a single team.

Boston is naming a street after David Ortiz

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The Red Sox are going to retire David Ortiz’s number 34 tomorrow. The City of Boston is going to give Ortiz a different honor: they’re going to name a street after him.

The street: Yawkey Way Extension, which will be renamed David Ortiz Drive. Note: this is not the Yawkey Way that runs outside of Fenway Park. This is the, duh, extension of it beyond Brookline Avenue just to the northwest. See here, via Google Maps:

There is already a David Ortiz Bridge, which is the bridge that takes Brookline over the Turnpike just north of what will now be David Ortiz Way.

Now: rename Yawkey Way and we’re really cooking with gas.

Yoenis Cespedes advises younger player to hustle

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Bill wrote last night about Yasiel Puig admiring a homer and raising the ire of the New York Mets because of it. I expanded on that some in the recaps. As far as significant baseball events go, it ain’t one. It’s just a silly thing that happened in one of 15 games and is, at best a minor footnote in the Chronicle of the Unwritten Rules.

But it does deserve one more post, because I missed something from it all. This passage from the AP recap of the game:

“He disrespected us,” Flores said. “I think there’s a way to enjoy a home run. That was too much.”

Between innings, Mets veteran Jose Reyes and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, also from Cuba, spoke with Puig on the field.

“After I talked to Cespedes, he told me, `Try to run a little bit faster,’ and tried to give me some advice,” Puig said through a translator. “I don’t look at it that way, but it is what it is.”

Because, obviously, when you think about respect, professionalism, decorum and the proper way to comport oneself, you think about Jose Reyes. And when you think about hustle, you think about Yoenis Cespedes.