Monday, May 2, 2011

2 TTM Returns: Tony LaRussa & Fredi Gonzalez

Today I received 2 managerial returns that I sent out on the same day:

  • Tony LaRussa 1/1- The longtime Cardinals skipper signed a 2009 Topps U&H that was previously signed by Jim Leyland, completing the card. Sent 4/20 (12 days)
  • Fredi Gonzalez 1/1- The new manager of the Braves signed his 09 Topps card. I got Fredi's autograph back when he was the Braves' AAA manager about a decade ago, so it's nice to see him taking over the major league role for Bobby Cox this year. Sent 4/20 (12 days)
Just for comparison's sake, let's see how the three managers on these cards stack up:

Jim Leyland: 2011: 12-16, 2010: 81-81, Career: 1505-1534 (.495)
Tony LaRussa: 2011: 16-12, 2010: 86-76, Career: 2654-2305 (.535)
Fredi Gonzalez: 2011: 14-15, 2010: 34-36, Career: 290-294 (.497)

I was surprised to find out that as talented as Leyland is as a manager, his lifetime win percentage is less than .500 and slightly less than that of Fredi Gonzalez.

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