Top 10 Right Now – Managers

As recent trend has it, we saw a number of managerial spots open up again for the coming season.  From dismissals (Angels, Mets, Padres, Phillies, Pirates) to retirement (Giants, Royals) to a mutual parting of ways (Cubs) a total of eight teams (over a quarter of MLB!) will have new skippers at the helm in 2020.  Even with that, there were plenty of outstanding holdovers to form this 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. 11 – Executives
Nov. 18 – Managers
Nov. 25 – Designated Hitters
Dec. 2 – Starting Pitchers
Dec. 9 – Right Fielders
Dec. 16 – Catchers
Dec. 23 – Third Basemen
Dec. 30 – Center Fielders
Jan. 6 – Shortstops
Jan. 13 – Second Basemen
Jan. 20 – Relief Pitchers
Jan. 27 – Left Fielders
Feb. 3 – First Basemen
Feb. 10 – Ultimate Top 10

These are the Top 10 Managers 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.) Craig Counsell, Milwaukee Brewers
7.) Torey Lovullo, Arizona Diamondbacks
6.) Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Angels
5.) Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox
4.) Rocco Baldelli, Minnesota Twins
3.) Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians
2.) Aaron Boone, New York Yankees
1.) AJ Hinch, Houston Astros

In close consideration (with their rank on last year’s list): Bud Black (1), Dave Roberts (NR), Mike Schildt (NR), Dave Martinez (NR), Brian Snitker (NR), Scott Servais (NR), Ron Gardenhire (NR), Rick Renteria (NR), Joe Girardi (NR)

Notes: AJ Hinch is everything you want in a manager – poised, smart, connects with players (this now comes with a huge asterisk pending the outcome of MLBs cheating investigation)… being the first manager in baseball history to win 100 games in each of his first two seasons, Boone earns this spot… Francona is AJ Hinch 1.0 (or Hinch is Tito 2.0?  Either way, they’re both great)… despite the results of the series, Baldelli shows a ton of the same qualities as Hinch… didn’t take long for Maddon to find another job… Counsell is a steady as they come… Buddy Black goes from first to out of the top 10.  That’s just how solid this group is… Mark Saxon of the The Athletic (subscription required) did a great piece on Mike Schildt and that guy just sounds like a winner… Gardy and Renteria just need good teams

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