MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gathers his staff in the coaches' locker room every afternoon to talk baseball. On Friday, the topic was his Cardinals counterpart, Tony La Russa.
La Russa, 66, managed his 5,000th Major League game on Friday night. He skippered the White Sox and A's before taking the helm in St. Louis in 1996.
"We were talking about it inside, and 5,000 is unbelievable as a manager," Roenicke said. "He's not just hanging around, he's winning, and he has with different organizations. It's pretty incredible."
Roenicke is 54 years old and managed his 64th Major League game on Friday, or his 70th if you count the times he filled in for Angels skipper Mike Sciocsia (though they don't count in the official record). If the Brewers are never rained out, Roenicke would have to keep managing until he's 85 to reach 5,000 games.
"It's really hard to think about a guy being around that long and managing that many games," Roenicke said.