Baseball looked a bit different, and frankly a bit awkward, at the start of the 2011 regular season.
It was not because players had made dramatic team changes or that new ballparks had opened up, but because iconic skippers who had become a part of baseball DNA would no longer be taking their perches at the top of their dugout steps.
Joe Torre and Bobby Cox, each leaving the diamond to pursue other fields, no longer were the head of their respective teams.
The fact that these two left the game has had its positive aspects, however. The attention of the media has been removed from big-name managers, and its focus has now been placed on the game as a whole. With the recent years' return to a more pitching- and defense-driven game, the strategic role that a major league head coach must play has become more appreciated.
In this new age of baseball, we have added fresh faces to our group of managers. With new teams to learn and attempt to control, we knew there would be successes and failures in the 2011 crop of rookie managers.
But who has shown more skill in the first half of this 2011 season? Simply put, there have been many stories to tell about baseball's rookie managers of 2011.