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The Best Current MLB Managers

Updated May 28, 2019 3.5k votes 1.0k voters 17.8k 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

    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 Sox, whom he...  more
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    Joe Maddon

    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

    San Francisco Giants
    Bruce Douglas Bochy (; born April 16, 1955) is an American professional baseball player and manager. He is the manager of the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball (MLB). During his playing...  more
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    A. J. Hinch

    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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    Dave Roberts

    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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    Aaron Boone

    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 son of...  more
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    Bob Melvin

    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 League...  more
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    Brad Ausmus

    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 career,...  more
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    Alex Cora

    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). Cora led the...  more

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    Ned Yost

    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 for...  more
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    Clint Hurdle

    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 for...  more
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    Craig Counsell

    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 seasons...  more
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    Don Mattingly

    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 "The...  more

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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 League Baseball (MLB). Previously, Cash played catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Boston...  more
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    Mickey Callaway

    New York Mets
    Michael Christopher “Mickey” Callaway (born May 13, 1975) is a former American professional baseball pitcher and the current manager for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball's National League...  more
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    Rocco Baldelli

    Minnesota Twins
    Rocco Dan Baldelli (; born September 25, 1981), is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder and coach. He is currently the manager of the Minnesota Twins. As a player, Baldelli quickly...  more

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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 of Major League Baseball. Shildt became the manager of the Johnson City Cardinals, the Cardinals Short...  more
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    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 2016....  more
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    Bud Black

    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 Baseball as a pitcher...  more
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    Dave Martinez

    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 previously...  more
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    Ron Gardenhire

    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 shortstop...  more
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    Rick Renteria

    Chicago White Sox
    Richard Avina Renteria (born December 25, 1961) is a Mexican-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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    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 League Baseball (MLB)....  more
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    Torey Lovullo

    Arizona Diamondbacks
    Salvatore Anthony "Torey" Lovullo (born July 25, 1965) is an American professional baseball manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball (MLB), appointed November 4, 2016. Lovullo...  more
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    Chris Woodward

    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 Rangers....  more