MLB The Best MLB Managers of All Time  

Ranker Baseball
Originally by
10.8k votes 1.4k voters 18.8k views 44 items

List Rules Upvote your favorite major league manager of all time and share with your friends.

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.
list ordered by
1
352 138
Joe McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 56 (1881-1937)
2
363 165
Casey Stengel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1890-1975)
3
333 158
Connie Mack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 94 (1862-1956)
4
240 91
Miller Huggins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 50 (1879-1929)
5
346 204
Sparky Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)
6
305 165
John McGraw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1873-1934)
7
341 208
Bobby Cox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 78
8
325 170
Tommy Lasorda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
toycannon18 added age 92
9
248 118
Walter Alston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1911-1984)
10
261 107
Whitey Herzog is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
EricWeatherford added age 86
11
246 106
Earl Weaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Braden Edgar added Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)
12
297 154
Jim Leyland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added age 75
13
269 127
Billy Martin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added Dec. at 61 (1928-1989)
14
333 275
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 79
15
240 150
Bruce Bochy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added age 64
16
326 313
Tony La Russa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 75
17
214 110
Terry Francona is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dennis J Skibinski added age 60
18
162 110
Lou Piniella is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 76
19
116 60
Red Schoendienst is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added age 96
20
175 101
Joe Maddon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 65
21
79 60
Dick Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)
22
81 52
Ralph Houk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Dec. at 91 (1919-2010)
23
75 59
Tom Kelly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added age 69
24
65 39
Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dennis J Skibinski added Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)
25
69 45
Danny Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Dec. at 59 (1917-1976)