It goes without saying that becoming a professional baseball player is extremely difficult. If one does, in fact, make it to the majors, that big league experience will give you a leg up in other baseball-related professions after your playing career has concluded.
Among those careers? Major league manager. The vast majority of major league managers over the years have played Major League Baseball.
Some such as Joe Torre have won MVP awards. Others like former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa played in only 132 games over the course of a six-year career and finished with a .199 career batting average.
Both found plenty of success as managers, though.
There have been some successful major league managers who didn't cut their teeth in the majors first. It's rare, and it's far from the beaten path, but it can be done. There have been 108 managers who have roamed major league dugouts without ever having emerged from one as a ball player. Here are some of the finest.