Jim Leyland managed his 3,000th career game last night

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In beating the White Sox last night Jim Leyland became the 18th person in baseball history to manage 3,000 career games, joining active (or recently active) skippers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Lou Piniella in the club.
Leyland has had a winning record in four of his five seasons in Detroit while winning the AL pennant in 2006, and previously won three division titles in Pittsburgh and a World Series in Florida, but along with Connie Mack, Bucky Harris, and Gene Mauch he’s one of just four managers with 3,000-plus games and a losing record.
Dusty Baker figures to join the 3,000 club in late 2012 and Bruce Bochy is in line for 3,000 career games in mid-2013.

Ichiro wore a fake mustache to sneak into the Mariners’ dugout

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Ichiro Suzuki is now a Mariners employee and, as such, he’s not allowed to sit in the dugout during a game. That’s for coaches and players only.

He knows that, too. Indeed, on the day Ichiro announced his sorta-retirement, he talked about how it was going to be hard not to be down on the field with the other players. He even made a ridiculous joke about how, “[he] can’t say for certain that maybe [he] won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”

In related news, this mysterious stranger was seen by an Associated Press photographer in the Mariners dugout during the first couple of innings of the M’s-Yankees game:

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

No beard, but I guess that joke was not very ridiculous after all. Either way, by the end of the second inning — poof — he was gone.

Obviously, when something interesting like this happens you mustache an expert for their opinion on the matter. To that end, the Associated Press reached Bobby Valentine, who famously did the same thing after an ejection way back in 1999, for comment:

“He was perfect. I never would have known it was him.”

Valentine was suspended for two games and fined $5,000. I’m assuming Ichiro won’t get hit quite as hard given that he wasn’t defying an umpire’s authority, but even if he does have to pay a fine, he’ll likely do so willingly.