Webster's defines the word nerd as "an unstylish, unattractive or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits. You may or may not be surprised that many managers and coaches in MLB fit that mold quite well.
There is a good chance that these guys were picked on during their primary years. Glasses, weird haircuts and all-around dorkiness are all good here.
Here is a list of the most nerdy looking managers and coaches in Major League Baseball.
This picture is so appropriate as it looks like there is a guy from Stars Wars watching Fredi Gonzalez make a double-switch. Gonzalez has a nice belly, bald-head and all-around goofy demeanor.
The fact that he manages the Atlanta Braves certainly will not help him with the ladies either.
The only argument that Gonzalez could possibly make about not being a nerd is that he isn't smart enough to be one. He spells Fredi wrong, doesn't he?
Every time I see Jim Tracy speak, I imagine him saying, "Hi I'm Jimmy, can I play too?" The bullies in the group then proceed to laugh uncontrollably for five minutes until they regain their composure.
The bullies realize that they may have hurt Tracy's feelings so they tell him he can keep score.
Ron Roenicke of the Milwaukee Brewers led the team to the NLCS and nearly the World Series in his first season as skipper. A hard nosed team with 96 wins that played disciplined baseball may have been a big surprise to the baseball community after the Roenicke signing.
Sorry, but it's hard to believe the guy pictured above could tell Prince Fielder what to do. Just saying.
I know he may not act like it, but Joe Girardi looks like a huge nerd. The fact that he graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in industrial engineering pretty much solidifies that claim.
He is the fourth former Yankees catcher to become a manager and has become somewhat of a hero in New York. Two more years without a World Series and he will be out.
Don't worry about old Joe though. He's a smart guy, he'll figure it out.
Bob Melvin may just be the interim manager for the Oakland A's, but he certainly has everything that you would want in a nerd. Even the last name Melvin screams geek.
It's only fitting that he works under the king of the nerds in Billy Beane.
Bud Black spent seven seasons as a pitching coach before becoming the 16th manager in San Diego Padres history. It's not a coincidence that Black spends a lot of his time in the dugout sitting by himself.
He's probably talking about how wide the dimensions are in Petco Park anyways and how it affects the trajectory of balls hit to the outfield.
Or something like that.
I've got nothing but respect for the Tampa Bay Rays and what Joe Maddon and Co. have done with that baseball team. Competing in a division with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox and being a playoff contender each season is great for baseball.
But look at the picture, Joe Maddon may be the poster boy for nerds around the world.
Davey Johnson kind of has an Elmer Fudd thing going on with his facial features. He seems like a smart guy, however, and maybe he can figure out why in the world the Washington Nationals would give Jayson Werth $126 million.
Because from my calculations it doesn't add up.
Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals are showing nerds around the world that they can succeed in sports after all. Washington is lanky and goofy and even seems to talk out of his nose, but he is a heck of a manager and his Texas Rangers love to play for him.
I hope the Rangers win just so America can hear many more Ron Washington interviews. Laughter is a great way to decrease stress.
Whether it's his Beatles haircut, pompous (un-athletic) jog on and off the mound, 38 pitching changes a game or hitting the pitcher eighth, Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals is the top nerd.
He obviously got picked on as a kid because his arrogant attitude towards the media and fans is tired and played out at this point. I guess if you keep winning World Series, you can do whatever you want.
And you can be called a nerd as well, Tony.