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The Best Current MLB Managers

Updated May 28, 2019 3.7k votes 1.0k voters 17.6k views30 items

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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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    Terry Francona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Terry Francona

    Cleveland Indians
    Terrence Jon Francona (born April 22, 1959), nicknamed "Tito", is the manager of the Cleveland... more on Wikipedia
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    Joe Maddon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Joe Maddon

    Chicago Cubs
    Joseph John Maddon Jr. (born February 8, 1954) is an American professional baseball manager... more on Wikipedia
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    A. J. Hinch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    A. J. Hinch

    Houston Astros
    Andrew Jay Hinch (born May 15, 1974) is an American professional baseball coach and former... more on Wikipedia
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    Bruce Bochy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Bruce Bochy

    San Francisco Giants
    Bruce Douglas Bochy (; born April 16, 1955) is an American professional baseball player and... more on Wikipedia

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    #94 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time#9 of 44 The Best MLB Managers of All Time

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    Dave Roberts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Dave Roberts

    Los Angeles Dodgers
    David Ray Roberts (born May 31, 1972) is an American professional baseball manager and former... more on Wikipedia
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    Aaron Boone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Aaron Boone

    New York Yankees
    Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973) is an American former professional baseball infielder,... more on Wikipedia
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    Bob Melvin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Bob Melvin

    Oakland Athletics
    Robert Paul Melvin (born October 28, 1961) is an American professional baseball former... more on Wikipedia
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    Alex Cora is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Alex Cora

    Boston Red Sox
    José Alexander Cora (born October 18, 1975) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball manager... more on Wikipedia
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    Clint Hurdle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Clint Hurdle

    Pittsburgh Pirates
    Clinton Merrick Hurdle (born July 30, 1957) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
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    Craig Counsell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Craig Counsell

    Milwaukee Brewers
    Craig John Counsell (born August 21, 1970) is an American former professional baseball player... more on Wikipedia
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    Ned Yost is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Ned Yost

    Kansas City Royals
    Edgar Frederick Yost III (; born August 19, 1954) is a former Major League Baseball catcher... more on Wikipedia
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    Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Don Mattingly

    Miami Marlins
    Donald Arthur Mattingly (born April 20, 1961) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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    #82 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#124 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

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    Rocco Baldelli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Rocco Baldelli

    Minnesota Twins
    Rocco Dan Baldelli (; born September 25, 1981), is an American former Major League Baseball... more on Wikipedia
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    Kevin Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Kevin Cash

    Tampa Bay Rays
    Kevin Forrest Cash (born December 6, 1977) is the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays of Major... more on Wikipedia
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    Mike Shildt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Mike Shildt

    St. Louis Cardinals
    Mike Shildt (born August 9, 1968) is an American baseball manager for the St. Louis Cardinals... more on Wikipedia
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    Brian Snitker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Brian Snitker

    Atlanta Braves
    Brian Gerald Snitker (born October 17, 1955) is an American professional baseball player,... more on Wikipedia
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    Bud Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Bud Black

    Colorado Rockies
    Harry Ralston "Bud" Black (born June 30, 1957) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
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    Dave Martinez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Dave Martinez

    Washington Nationals
    David Martinez (born September 26, 1964) is an American professional baseball coach and former... more on Wikipedia
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    Rick Renteria is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Rick Renteria

    Chicago White Sox
    Richard Avina Renteria (born December 25, 1961) is a Mexican-American former Major League... more on Wikipedia
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    Ron Gardenhire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Ron Gardenhire

    Detroit Tigers
    Ronald Clyde Gardenhire (born October 24, 1957) is an American professional baseball player,... more on Wikipedia
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    Torey Lovullo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Torey Lovullo

    Arizona Diamondbacks
    Salvatore Anthony "Torey" Lovullo (born July 25, 1965) is an American professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
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    Brad Ausmus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Brad Ausmus

    Los Angeles Angels
    Bradley David Ausmus (; born April 14, 1969) is an American baseball former catcher and... more on Wikipedia
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    Chris Woodward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Chris Woodward

    Texas Rangers
    Christopher Michael Woodward (born June 27, 1976) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
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    Mickey Callaway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    Mickey Callaway

    New York Mets
    Michael Christopher “Mickey” Callaway (born May 13, 1975) is a former American professional... more on Wikipedia
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    David Bell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current MLB Managers
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    David Bell

    Cincinnati Reds
    David Michael Bell (born September 14, 1972) is an American former professional baseball third... more on Wikipedia
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