Top 10 Right Now – Managers

It was yet another movement-heavy offseason for major league managers with most teams again skewing to no experience in their new hires.  In the cases of the Yankees and Red Sox, that worked out well in 2018.  The Mets, Nationals and Phillies, however, weren’t as lucky.  Let’s see how it all shakes out heading into 2019 with our annual Top 10 Manager ranking.

A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February. The lists will highlight the Top 10 players at each position, managers and executives, finishing up with the Ultimate Top 10 list, a ranking of each of the position’s number one player.

Here’s a list of what’s to come and already been published:
Nov. 12 – Executives
Nov. 19 – Managers
Nov. 26 – Catchers
Dec. 3 – Left Fielders
Dec. 10 – First Basemen
Dec. 17 – Starting Pitchers
Dec. 24 – Designated Hitters
Dec. 31 – Third Basemen
Jan. 7 – Right Fielders
Jan. 14 – Relief Pitchers
Jan. 21 – Second Basemen
Jan. 28 – Center Fielders
Feb. 4 – Shortstops
Feb. 11 – Ultimate Top 10

These are the Top 10 Executives in MLB. This list is clearly subjective based on team performance and perception as there are not many, if any, definitive analysis available for these positions.

10.) Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics
9.) Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay Rays
8.) Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants
7.) Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers
6.) Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs
5.) Torey Lovullo, Arizona Diamondbacks
4.) Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians
3.) AJ Hinch, Houston Astros
2.) Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox
1.) Bud Black, Colorado Rockies

In close consideration (with their rank on last year’s list): Ron Gardenhire (8), Rick Renteria (10), Clint Hurdle (NR), Scott Servais (NR), Ned Yost (NR), Aaron Boone (NR), Brian Snitker (NR), Andy Green (NR), Dave Roberts (NR)

Notes: unlike the executive list, this one is difficult because of the many new faces – lots of those with the aforementioned no previous managing experience… with that said, we’re going with a proven skipper who’s effectively led his team to two consecutive postseason berths in less than ideal playing environments – Bud Black in Denver… we may be jumping the gun in having Cora debut this high on the list but it’s incredibly difficult to ignore the large amount of praise Red Sox players put on Cora for his ability to communicate with them – a people skill, not an analytical stat, in case you were wondering… poised and intelligent, Hinch could easily take the top spot, as well… same can be said for Lovullo… Maddon slips a bit for the whispers that his message may be growing tired in Chicago… Bochy has endured some tough recent seasons in San Francisco, but this is a Hall of Fame manager…despite a questionable playing career, Cash has the respect of his players who turned in a very nice (if not surprising) 2018… whether the lineup and subsequent maneuvers are coming from the front office or not, Melvin knows how to run the club on the field and proved it with a 97-win season (those don’t happen by accident)… fair or not, Roberts just looks overwhelmed at times, magnified, of course, during the postseason

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