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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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269 109
Joe McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 56 (1881-1937)

2
255 122
Connie Mack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 94 (1862-1956)

3
255 109
John McGraw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 61 (1873-1934)

4
274 142
Casey Stengel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 85 (1890-1975)

5
168 64
Miller Huggins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 50 (1879-1929)

6
264 174
Sparky Anderson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 76 (1934-2010)

7
248 135
Tommy Lasorda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
toycannon18 added age 91

8
186 80
Whitey Herzog is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
EricWeatherford added age 86

9
177 96
Walter Alston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 73 (1911-1984)

10
253 184
Bobby Cox is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 77

11
215 131
Jim Leyland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added age 74

12
274 216
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 78

13
186 100
Billy Martin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added Died at 61 (1928-1989)

14
168 88
Earl Weaver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Braden Edgar added Died at 83 (1930-2013)

15
274 243
Tony La Russa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 74

16
163 122
Bruce Bochy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added age 63

17
153 83
Terry Francona is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dennis J Skibinski added age 59

18
129 64
Joe Maddon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 64

19
115 77
Lou Piniella is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 75

20
63 40
Red Schoendienst is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added age 95

21
85 71
Leo Durocher is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 86 (1905-1991)

22
55 44
Dick Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Died at 82 (1929-2011)

23
53 36
Buck Showalter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Tom Derr added age 62

24
44 32
Danny Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Died at 59 (1917-1976)

25
34 24
Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dennis J Skibinski added Died at 78 (1906-1984)

26
41 41
Tom Kelly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added age 68

27
41 37
Ralph Houk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Died at 91 (1919-2010)

28
69 73
Joe Girardi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 54

29
33 48
Gene Mauch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added Died at 80 (1925-2005)

30
32 29
Al Lopez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Died at 97 (1908-2005)

31
34 47
Charlie Manuel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added age 74

32
32 37
Dick Howser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Died at 51 (1936-1987)

33
24 29
Bill McKechnie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 79 (1886-1965)

34
24 26
Bucky Harris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Died at 81 (1896-1977)

35
19 17
Chuck Tanner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Tom Derr added Died at 83 (1928-2011)

36
17 16
Dallas Green is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Tom Derr added age 84

37
30 13
Mike Scioscia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
JansenMateo added age 60

38
10 17
Jack McKeon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Tom Derr added age 88

39
14 13
Bob Lemon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Tom Derr added Died at 80 (1920-2000)

40
23 43
Ned Yost is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 63

41
13 11
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
seanmcm added Frank Robinson age 82

42
2 2
George Bamberger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Shawn Kramlich added Died at 81 (1923-2004)

43
2 2
Tony Davison is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
anthony.davison added Tony Davison 17