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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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Casey Stengel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1890-1975)
2
Joe McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 56 (1881-1937)
3
Sparky Anderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)
4
Connie Mack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 94 (1862-1956)
5
Tommy Lasorda is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
toycannon18 added Age: 92
6
Whitey Herzog is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
EricWeatherford added Age: age 86
7
Bobby Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Age: 78
8
Miller Huggins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 50 (1879-1929)
9
Bruce Bochy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added Age: 64
10
Earl Weaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Braden Edgar added Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)
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Jim Leyland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added Age: 75
12
John McGraw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1873-1934)
13
Walter Alston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1911-1984)
14
Billy Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added Dec. at 61 (1928-1989)
15
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Age: 79
16
Tony La Russa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Age: 75
17
Terry Francona is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dennis J Skibinski added Age: 60
18
Lou Piniella is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Age: 76
19
Joe Maddon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Age: 65
20
Dick Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)
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Leo Durocher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 86 (1905-1991)
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Red Schoendienst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Age: 96
23
Ralph Houk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Dec. at 91 (1919-2010)
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Tom Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Age: 69
25
Buck Showalter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Tom Derr added Age: 63