HINSDALE -- To reach the 1,000-win mark in baseball is a pretty significant milestone. Dan Duquette's 1,000th win comes with a lot of praise -- for others.
"Thanks to all the great scouts, managers and players and owners and fans that supported the team," Duquette said. "It is a team game, right? It's really a team accomplishment.
"It's an individual milestone, but it's really the accomplishment of the team that's paramount and important."
Duquette's 1,000th win was Baltimore's 70th. It came in a 10-3 victory over Oakland on Sunday afternoon. It kept Baltimore 5 1/2 games behind American League East Division-leading Boston. The Orioles are now two games behind Oakland in the race for the second wild card playoff berth.
"It's more about the journey than the destination," he said. "But I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I had with the Expos, the Red Sox and now the Orioles to serve in Major League Baseball."
A party was thrown in Duquette's honor Monday night at the Sports Academy that bears his name.
It was a quick stop for Duquette in Berkshire County, as he was heading to Boston for the start of tonight's series between the Orioles and the Red Sox.
Family and friends from the Dalton area and from the Boston area gathered at the Academy to salute Duquette, who is in his second season as the Orioles' Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations. He previously spent four years as the general manager of the Montreal Expos and then eight seasons as the G.M. of the Red Sox.
"I had a good idea going into the season when I read the Orioles' press guide that the team needed 70 more for me to get to 1,000," Duquette said. "We were kind of keeping an eye on it. Fortunately we got it [Sunday]."
Duquette's Montreal teams won 181 games, while the Red Sox won 656 games under Duquette's watch. The Orioles have clocked in with 163 victories one-plus seasons.
In between the Red Sox and Oriole tenures, Duquette stepped away from the majors. He established the Sports Academy and ran the Pittsfield Dukes of the NECBL.
"I always thought I was going to get another opportunity," said Duquette. "It was great that [Orioles owner Peter] Angelos gave me the opportunity. It was 10 years where I put my energies into something other than Major League Baseball. I think it was healthy. It gave me a different perspective."
The Orioles are in what could be a make-or-break segment of the schedule. After playing three games at Fenway, the Orioles head to the Bronx for three games with the Yankees and will then go to Cleveland for three games.
"We're a couple of games out of the playoff hunt right now. I'm hoping that we're going to close strong like we did last year," said Duquette. "Our pitching has improved a bit. We have some guys having great years -- Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Adam Jones -- and our defense is really strong.
"This is a key road trip for us. We've got to beat the Red Sox. We've got to beat the Yankees and we've got to beat Cleveland. They're all our direct competitors."
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