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The Best MLB Managers of All Time

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List of the best MLB Managers of all time, ranked by baseball fans according to number of career regular-season wins, leadership, charisma and that intangible x factor. Professional baseball managers have a lot of responsibility in the game of pro-baseball. Managers choose the batting order and starting pitcher before each game and make substitutions throughout the game. Most significantly, great MLB managers know just the right time to bring in a relief pitcher.

How much strategic control do managers have in baseball? It differs from manager to manager and game to game. Some managers control pitch selection, defensive positioning, decisions to bunt, steal, pitch out, etc., while others designate an assistant coach or a player (often the catcher) to make some or all of these decisions.

Some notable Major League Baseball managers choose to act as their team's first base or third base coach while their team is batting in order to more closely communicate with baserunners, but most managers delegate this responsibility to an assistant. Managers are typically assisted by two or more coaches. In many cases, top professional baseball managers are former professional, semi-professional or college players.


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    Died at 61 (1873-1934)

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    Died at 85 (1890-1975)

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    the people's #1
    Died at 56 (1881-1937)

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    Died at 76 (1934-2010)

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    age 75

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    most listed
    age 74

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    age 71

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    Died at 94 (1862-1956)

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    age 88

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    added by EricWeatherford
    age 84

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    added by slaft
    age 71

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    added by slaft
    age 60

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    added by slaft
    Died at 61 (1928-1989)

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    added by Braden Edgar
    Died at 83 (1930-2013)

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    Died at 50 (1879-1929)

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    Died at 73 (1911-1984)

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    + 29
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    Died at 86 (1905-1991)

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    age 72

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    added by RobLein
    Died at 82 (1929-2011)

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    + 17
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    added by RobLein
    Died at 91 (1919-2010)

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    + 13
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    added by Dennis J Skibinski
    age 56

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    added by RobLein
    Died at 59 (1917-1976)

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    + 10
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    added by RobLein
    age 92

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    added by slaft
    Died at 80 (1925-2005)

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    added by Dennis J Skibinski
    Died at 78 (1906-1984)

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    added by RobLein
    Died at 51 (1936-1987)

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    added by RobLein
    Died at 97 (1908-2005)

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    Died at 81 (1896-1977)

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    age 61

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    + 16
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    added by RobLein
    age 65

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    Died at 79 (1886-1965)

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    + 8
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    added by slaft
    age 71

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    added by B_Smilez
    age 51

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    age 74

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