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The 2011 season will showcase 11 new managers (including interim managers becoming permanent) in hopes of leading their respective team to the promise land.
- Freddi Gonzalez replaces one of the greatest coaches/managers in sports history after Bobby Cox announced his retirement. In 2008, Gonzalez was named Sporting News Manager of the Year while leading the Florida Marlins.
- Mike Quade also replaces a legend as Lou Piniella retired from the game. Quade won over 1,000 games as a minor league skipper.
- Keeping with the theme of outstanding managers retiring, Don Mattingly replaces Joe Torre in Los Angeles. Mattingly won the 1985 AL MVP while playing first base for the New York Yankees.
- Cito Gatson retired after 2010 with a few World Series rings on his fingers. The new Toronto skip will be John Farrell. He previously worked as the pitching coach of their division rival Boston Red Sox
- Ron Roenicke replaces Ken Macha as Milwaukee’s new skipper. Roenicke was on six different teams as a player and takes over a team with high expectations in the NL Central.
- The Pirates have not had a winning season since 1992 and John Russell accumulating 299 loses in 3 seasons did not help. Clint Hurdle takes over managerial duties and he brings World Series experience to a young team.
- Four other interim managers take over as permanent skippers for the 2011 season. Kirk Gibson with the Diamondbacks, Ned Yost with the Royals, Buck Showalter with the Orioles and Edwin Rodriguez with the Marlins. Eric Wedge replaced interim Daren Brown as the Mariners head man.
Some of the best managers that ever coached the game have retired. Umpires surely will not miss Lou or Bobby, who notoriously made trips out of the dugouts to have their voices heard. Even if the new skippers do not have the unbelievable success that Torre, Piniella or Cox did, there is a lot of entertainment value and fierceness that needs replaced.