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The Best Current MLB Managers  

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List of the best current MLB Managers in 2016-2017, ranked by baseball fans according to these categories: career winning percentage, average finish within respective division, number of postseasons compared to number of seasons, number of World Series titles and Manager of the Year awards, perceived leadership, charisma and that intangible X Factor.

These great, currently active 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. They make decisions regarding relievers, pinch-hitters and defensive replacements.

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. MLB Managers are typically assisted by two or more coaches. In many cases, top professional baseball managers are former professional, semi-professional or college players.

See also: The Best MLB Managers of All Time

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Joe Maddon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Chicago Cubs
Joseph John Maddon Jr. (born February 8, 1954) is an American professional baseball manager for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Maddon began his coaching career in MLB with the ...more
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Bruce Bochy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
San Francisco Giants
Bruce Douglas Bochy (born April 16, 1955), is the manager of the Major League Baseball (MLB) San Francisco Giants. During his playing career, Bochy was a catcher for the Houston Astros, New York ...more
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Terry Francona is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Cleveland Indians
Terrence Jon Francona (born April 22, 1959), nicknamed "Tito", is the manager of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). Previously, he was the manager of the Boston Red ...more
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A. J. Hinch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
shockwavesam91 added Houston Astros
Andrew Jay Hinch (born May 15, 1974) is an American professional baseball coach and former catcher, who is currently the manager for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to ...more
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Clint Hurdle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Pittsburgh Pirates
Clinton Merrick Hurdle (born July 30, 1957) is an American former professional baseball outfielder and current manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. Hurdle played in MLB ...more
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Bob Melvin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Oakland Athletics
Robert Paul Melvin (born October 28, 1961) is an American professional baseball former catcher and coach, and current manager. He is currently the manager of the Oakland Athletics of Major ...more
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Dave Roberts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
shockwavesam91 added Los Angeles Dodgers
David Ray Roberts (born May 31, 1972) is an American professional baseball manager and former outfielder who is the current manager for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He ...more
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Alex Cora is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Boston Red Sox
José Alexander Cora (born October 18, 1975) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball manager and former infielder. He is the manager for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). ...more
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Ned Yost is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Kansas City Royals
Edgar Frederick Yost III (born August 19, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball catcher and current manager of the Kansas City Royals. He previously managed the Milwaukee Brewers, and played ...more
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Craig Counsell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
shockwavesam91 added Milwaukee Brewers
Craig John Counsell (born August 21, 1970) is an American former professional baseball player and current manager in Major League Baseball (MLB). Counsell was an infielder who played sixteen ...more
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Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Miami Marlins
Donald Arthur Mattingly (born April 20, 1961) is an American former professional baseball first baseman, coach and current manager for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). Nicknamed ...more
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Aaron Boone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
New York Yankees
Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973) is an American former professional baseball infielder, broadcaster, and current manager for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is the ...more
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Kevin Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
shockwavesam91 added Tampa Bay Rays
Kevin Forrest Cash (born December 6, 1977) is the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). Previously, Cash played catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, ...more
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Mike Shildt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Shildt (born August 9, 1968) is an American baseball manager for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. Shildt became the manager of the Johnson City Cardinals, the Cardinals ...more
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Ron Gardenhire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Detroit Tigers
Ronald Clyde Gardenhire (born October 24, 1957) is an American professional baseball player, coach, and current manager for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played as a ...more
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Rocco Baldelli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Minnesota Twins
Rocco Dan Baldelli (born September 25, 1981), is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who is currently the manager of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Minnesota Twins. As a ...more
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Rick Renteria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Chicago White Sox
Richard Avina Renteria (born December 25, 1961) is an American former Major League Baseball infielder who is currently the manager of the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). ...more
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Bud Black is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Colorado Rockies
Harry Ralston "Bud" Black (born June 30, 1957) is an American former professional baseball player, coach, and current manager of the Colorado Rockies. He played in Major League ...more
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Brian Snitker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves
Brian Gerald Snitker (born October 17, 1955) is an American professional baseball player, coach, and manager. He has served as the manager of the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball since ...more
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Brad Ausmus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Los Angeles Angels
Bradley David Ausmus (born April 14, 1969) is an American baseball former catcher and current manager for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). In his 18-year MLB playing ...more
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Charlie Montoyo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Charlie Montoyo Toronto Blue Jays
José Carlos Montoyo Díaz (born October 17, 1965), is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball second baseman, who is currently the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays of Major ...more
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Chris Woodward is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Texas Rangers
Christopher Michael Woodward (born June 27, 1976) is an American former professional baseball utility player and coach, who is currently the manager of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Texas ...more
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David Bell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Cincinnati Reds
David Michael Bell (born September 14, 1972) is an American former professional baseball third baseman, who is currently the manager for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB). Over ...more
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Dave Martinez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Washington Nationals
David Martinez (born September 26, 1964) is an American professional baseball coach and former outfielder who is the manager for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He ...more
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Gabe Kapler is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
Philadelphia Phillies
Gabriel Stefan Kapler (born July 31, 1975) nicknamed "Kap", is an American former professional baseball outfielder, who is currently the manager for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major ...more