Top Five Managers in MLB

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Top Five Managers in MLB

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Top Five Managers in MLB

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John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Ranking players in sports is one of the more fun ways fans and media alike can try and prove who is the best. It gives people a way to separate those at the top from those towards the bottom of the respective sport. However, one aspect of sport that doesn’t get talked about enough is the person leading the coaching staff. A head coach or manager is just as important as the players themselves. TWSN baseball analysts Matt Levine and Logan Fulmer broke down the top five managers in MLB right now:

  1. Bob Melvin, San Diego Padres

-Now the manager of the San Diego Padres but Melvin was able to keep the limited payroll Oakland Athletics in contention almost every season. While Oakland never really went far into the playoffs with Melvin at the helm, the team still competed and made the playoffs under his watch. He is a no-nonsense type of manager and now has the Padres playing some really good baseball, even without the services of star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Melvin lands as the fifth ranked manager on this list because of his ability to get the most out of his players.

  1. Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox

-Cora is still relatively new to the managing game but during his short time, he has made a real impact. He already has a World Series ring with the Red Sox in 2018 and has guided some good teams along the way. He was suspended for a potential cheating scandal but the second he returned to the Red Sox; the team started winning again. The former player seems to have control over the Boston locker room and helps guide the team in crucial situations. He lands at four on this ranking.

  1. Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers

-Roberts was the hardest manager to rank because some people see him as a great manager and others don’t. He could be both higher or lower on this list and is the ultimate MLB enigma in manager form. While he has had some questionable decisions in the postseason, he did lead his team to a World Series win in 2020. The Dodgers have made the playoff every season under the guidance of Roberts and reached three World Series, winning one as mentioned. It isn’t easy to manage a team like the Dodgers where star players are up and down the lineup and egos are on the line. Roberts has done a phenomenal job in Los Angeles and ends up as the third ranked manager on the list.

  1. Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers

-It seems like every season that Milwaukee is right in the thick of the National League contention. Counsell has done a great job working with the talent in Milwaukee and getting the most out of his players. He had the Brewers one game from the World Series back in 2018 and they seem to be a constant winner. While they haven’t reached their ultimate goal of a title, the Brewers find themselves close. Milwaukee isn’t exactly a free agent destination so the Brewers work with what they have. They do have one of the best rotations in the game and Counsell has really helped build that for the Brewers. He finds himself at number two because of the consistent job he has done in Milwaukee.

  1. Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay Rays

-Talk about making the most of what you have to work with and that is Cash to the tee. Being the manager of the Rays has its own challenges as the team is constantly under payroll and relies on a ton of guys that not many people have heard of. The way Cash is able to use them effectively and get results is impressive and a major reason he is where he is on this list. He did help the team to a World Series berth but a very questionable decision to take pitcher Blake Snell out of the game cost his team. Otherwise, Cash has been the ideal manager for many to look up too. He lands as the number one manager on this list because of the success he has had with the Rays.

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