MLB Postseason: The Top 25 All-Time Playoff Managers

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MLB Postseason: The Top 25 All-Time Playoff Managers
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Managing an MLB team over a 162-game season is a balancing act. Only a small fraction of a manager's job is actual tactical management of a game or a player. Most of the great skippers in baseball history, men like Sparky Anderson, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre, were first and foremost leaders of men.

They each had different styles and handled players in different ways, but each saw as his primary task the motivation and refinement of ballplayers into well-oiled baseball machines.

In the postseason, it's all a bit more complicated than that. The crucible of a short series increases the value of a brilliant tactician at the top step of the dugout, but the playoffs also introduce a new set of stressors altogether, and managers who get there must understand how to help their players cope with those emotions, thought processes and psychological factors.

Great October skippers in the game's history are few. Good ones are hard enough to find. In seeking a manager who can manage your team to the World Series someday, though, try to find one who thinks and acts like one of these 25 postseason stud managers.

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