Who is the best manager in baseball?
Setting the starting lineup, aligning the pitching staff, making decisions late in games regarding relievers, pinch-hitters and defensive replacements can all make or break managers. Making the wrong move can result in a loss and more often than not, losses result in getting fired at some point down the line.
So of today’s managers, who is the best and who is the worst? Here, we’re going to take a glance by power ranking each of them.
In this article the managers were ranked based off five categories:
- Career winning percentage
- Average finish within respective division
- Number of postseasons compared to number of seasons
- Number of World Series titles and Manager of the Year awards
- My personal opinions
The five categories weren’t weighted equally, though, because tenured managers who failed 10-plus years ago, but have been great recently would be penalized more than they deserve. Therefore, I weighted my opinions 40 percent and the other four categories 15 percent apiece.
Obviously this is not a perfect system, but it is one way of determining which managers are better than others. So let’s jump right into the rankings, analyzing what helped and hurt each manager along the way.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via Baseball-Reference unless otherwise noted.