Bustabad Wins 600th Minor League Game

Juan Bustabad was the Boston Red Sox's first-round pick as a shortstop out of Miami-Dade College in 1980 but quite reached the Major Leagues. However, three decades later, the young man has crafted an impressive niche as a Minor League manager in the Los Angeles Dodgers' system.

The 47-year-old recorded his 600th managerial win when the Great Lakes Loons rolled to a 10-2 rout of the West Michigan Whitecaps on August 8th behind the strong pitching of Jon Michael Redding, who won his 13th game, and a near-cycle by center fielder Nick Buss.

Bustabad, in his 13th managerial season and his ninth with the Dodgers' organization, improves his record to 600-495. He has had just one losing season with LA. After the game, he was honored with a standing ovation by the crowd of 5,006, followed by a shaving cream pie to the face by Dee Gordon.

"It feels great," said Bustabad. "I have to thank all the players that I've managed and all their hard work and dedication. They play hard every game. Without them, I couldn't do it."

Bustabad, who made it as far as Triple-A during his nine-year playing career, improved to 600-495 in his 13th season as a manager, the last nine of which have been with the Dodgers.

He is in 27th place on the all-time Dodgers' minor league charts with 457 wins against 367 losses for a .427 percentage. He is only 21 wins behind Tom Lasorda who was 478-367, .566 during his eight minor league seasons in the Los Angeles system.

Though he's managed six of his Dodgers affiliates to championship series, including the Pioneer League in 2000, three in the Gulf Coast League in 2001 (League Champions), 2006 and 2007 and, more recently, 2009 with the Loons. Bustabad has not achieved his ultimate goal.

"My goal is still to make it to the big leagues [as a coach or manager]," Bustabad said. "I got the call two years ago (2007) to be on the Dodgers' coaching staff and it was a great experience for me, being there for the first time and seeing how the big leagues work.

Wallach "Best Managerial Prospect?
Albuquerque manager Tim Wallach was named the "Best Manager Prospect" in the Pacific Coast League by Baseball America, an accolade bestowed to the skipper in the PCL most likely to one day manage in the Major Leagues.

In its annual "Best Tools" issue which ranks the top players and managers in both the Major and Minor Leagues, Baseball America selected Wallach over 15 worthy PCL managers in part because he has led Albuquerque to a 70-55 record, second best in the PCL, entering play on August 20.

Under the steady leadership of Wallach, who is in his first year managing at Triple-A and just his third season managing at any level, the 'Topes have spent the last 60 consecutive days in sole possession of first place in the PCL's American Southern Division, despite having a roster that undergone over 150 transactions since the season began.

In addition to a possible playoff appearance, the second in Isotopes history and the first since 2003, the 'Topes under Wallach are nine wins away from eclipsing a franchise record for wins in a season.

A veteran of 17 Major League seasons as a player, Wallach was a five-time National League All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove Winner, and twice won the Silver Slugger Award.

Other Dodgers Managers
Pedro Mega, who managed the Dodgers Santo Domingo team, moved into 25th place with 378 wins after a 30-40 record in 2009. Other Dodgers managers during the 2009 season include John Valentin, Chattanooga (129-141); Jeff Carter, Chattanooga (92-105); Carlos Subero, Inland Empire (59-81) and Damon Berryhill, Ogden (42-34).

Wasiak All-Time Leader
Stan Wasiak, who managed for an incredible 30 years in the Dodgers' system, is the all-time minor league leader in wins and tops the Dodgers' franchise with 2075 victories. Clay Bryant (1338) and Don LeJohn (1241) are in second and third place.

John Shoemaker, who is now Coordinator of Instruction at Camelback Ranch, was a member of the Dodgers minor league system as a player, coach, coordinator and manager. He won 396 games at Jacksonville, the most in club history and his 1,156 wins ranks fourth on the all-time managerial charts for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles clubs.

A number of former major league managers got their experience in the Dodgers minor league system, including Walter Alston, Terry Collins, Del Crandall, Preston Gomez, Glenn Hoffman, Tommy Holmes, Tim Johnson, Kevin Kennedy, Tommy Lasorda, Danny Ozark, Jerry Royster, Clyde Sukeforth,

Also Duke Snider, Don LeJohn, Max Macon, Ray Hathaway, Bobby Bragan, Pete Reiser, Ron Roenicke, John Shelby, Norm Sherry, Rick Dempsey, Al Campanis, Bill Russell and Mickey Hatcher, who all played for the Dodgers.

Among the 90 managers who won 100 or more games, here are the top winners:

 Top 25 Career wins—
	                yrs	 won-lost	 pct
Wasiak, Stan	        30	2075-1844	.529
Bryant, Clay	        16	1338-1203	.527
LeJohn, Don	        19	1241-1226	.503
Shoemaker, John	        18	1156-1124	.507
Schereger, George 	15	1016-925	.523

Rochelli, Lou	        12	 848-763	.526
Macon, Max	        10	 826-661	.555
Hartsfield, Roy	        11	 790-713	.526
Hathaway, Ray	        11	 765-803	.488
Crandall, Del	        10	 740-554	.572

Alston, Walter	         8	 694-472	.595
Ozark, Danny	         9	 665-648	.506
Mulleavy, Greg	         9	 630-589	.517
Hauser, Joe	         8	 578-388	.598
Hopper, Clay	         6	 549-378	.588

Kennedy, Kevin	         8	 532-373	.588
Collins, Terry	         8	 498-497	.501
Berrier, Bill	        11	 496-523	.487
Bivin, James	         6	 492-336	.594
Perry, Ray	         7	 484-475	.505

Lasorda, Tom	         8	 478-367	.566
Alexson, Andy	         7	 464-375	.553
Bustabad, Juan	         9	 457-410        .527
Ebel, Dino	         7	 452-431	.512
Bragan, Bobby	         5	 437-345	.559
Mega, Pedro	        10 	 378-300        .558

  Other Managers	  yrs	 won-lost	 pct
Royster, Jerry	         5	 362-349	.509
Reiser, Pete	         6	 350-339	.508
Debus, John	         6	 272-272	.503
Roenicke, Ron	         4	 270-223	.548
Hoffman, Glenn 	         4	 279-343	.449
Sherry, Norm	         3	 207-213	.493
Shelby, John	         4	 202-209	.491 
Dempsey, Rick	         3	 200-219	.477
Campanis, Al	         2	 183-163	.529
Bundy, Lorenzo	         2	 141-146	.491
Snider, Duke	         3	 144-113	.560
Barbary, Travis	         3	 142-136	.511
Russell, Bill	         2	 136-150        .476
Valentin, John	         2       129-141        .478 
Hatcher, Mickey	         3	 102-119        .462

 Less than 100 wins: 	yrs	 won-lost	 pct
Carter, Jeff	         2        92-105        .467
Wallach, Tim 	         1        80-64         .556
Subero, Carlos    	 1        59-81         .421
Berryhill, Damon  	 1        42-34         .553
	
  Highest Winning Percentage

 Class AAA—
Pct    manager      city         year    W-L
.712  Del Crandall, Albuquerque, 1981  94-38
 Class AA—
.656  Ray Hayworth, Fort Worth, 1946  101-53
 Class A—
.679  Duke Snider, Tri City, 1966      57-27
 Short season—
.855  Tony Bautista, Dominican, 1996    59-10

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