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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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1
332 126
Joe McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 56 (1881-1937)

2
343 155
Casey Stengel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1890-1975)

3
311 142
Connie Mack is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 94 (1862-1956)

4
227 77
Miller Huggins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 50 (1879-1929)

5
323 192
Sparky Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 76 (1934-2010)

6
285 154
John McGraw is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 61 (1873-1934)

7
302 155
Tommy Lasorda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
toycannon18 added age 92

8
314 201
Bobby Cox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 78

9
230 110
Walter Alston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1911-1984)

10
245 96
Whitey Herzog is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
EricWeatherford added age 86

11
277 144
Jim Leyland is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added age 75

12
250 113
Billy Martin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added Dec. at 61 (1928-1989)

13
222 99
Earl Weaver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Braden Edgar added Dec. at 83 (1930-2013)

14
307 262
Joe Torre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 79

15
304 297
Tony La Russa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 75

16
223 135
Bruce Bochy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
slaft added age 64

17
202 101
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 89
Joe Maddon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 65

19
106 53
Red Schoendienst is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added age 96

20
143 99
Lou Piniella is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
age 76

21
61 32
Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Dennis J Skibinski added Dec. at 78 (1906-1984)

22
66 50
Tom Kelly is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added age 69

23
70 47
Ralph Houk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Dec. at 91 (1919-2010)

24
69 57
Dick Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
RobLein added Dec. at 82 (1929-2011)

25
68 48
Buck Showalter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MLB Managers of All Time
Tom Derr added age 63