Thursday, June 19, 2008
The Best: MLB manager
Welcome to "The Best," a new series from the people who brought you "Would You Do," "Blogger Interviews" and "What Really Grinds My Gears."
It's just what it sounds like: what's the best ______? "Best" is such a subjective word and that's really the point -- let's get you guys talking! If this works, there will be intelligent, thoughtful debate on the day's topic. And if it doesn't work, well, back to the drawing board.
Funny thing about being a Major League manager: don't really do too much. Call some hit-and -runs, maybe choose to intentionally walk some one and make a double-switch in the eighth.
Aside from that, it sure seems that your average fan could coach a team. But, of course, there are the behind-the-scenes duties like managing your star player's ego, fulfilling requests by the front office and getting your team to gel.
The best current MLB manager? Here's how we'd rank 'em:
5. Joe Torre (Dodgers)
4. Lou Piniella (Cubs)
3. Ron Gardenhire (Twins)
2. Bobby Cox (Braves)
1. Jim Leyland (Tigers)