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There's no question that Terry Francona will one day hear his name called at Cooperstown and enter the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

He's won two worlds series with the Boston Red Sox, one of those breaking curse of the Bambino, won three Manager of the Year awards (2014, 2016, 2022), is the winningest manager in Cleveland history, and led the team in a World Series in 2016.

However, Tito is still managing games meaning he still has a chance to carry on his legacy and make up ground in the history books.

The Cleveland Guardians beat the Chicago White Sox on Sunday afternoon and Francona passed Hall-of-Famer Casey Stengel for the 13th-most wins (1,927) by a manager in MLB history. 

Stengel was a manager in MLB for a quarter of a century spending time with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1934-1936), Boston Bees/Braves (1938-1942), New York Yankees (1949-1960), and the New York Mets (1962-1965). 

Francona on the other hand is in his 23rd year as a manager leading the Philadelphia Phillies (1997-2000), Red Sox (2004-2011), and the Guardians/Indians (2013-Present). 

Francona also has the third most wins by an active manager. Bruce Bochy of the Texas Rangers (2,063) and the Houston Astros' Dusty Baker (2,152) have more wins than Tito.

1,926 wins is a number that's almost hard to comprehend the turnover of managers in today's game. However, Tito may still make up some more ground before he hangs it up and calls it a career on his managing career. He currently needs 82 more wins to pass Leo Durocher.

Francona's impact on the game of baseball will be felt long after he retires and his name will be imprinted in history too!


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