As the old saying goes, those who can't do...teach! Well, these guys do a little bit better than that, as they all have participated in Major League Baseball as a professional athlete and then moved onto coaching at the same level they once competed. With the days of Pete Rose and the player-managers a thing of the past, players are basking in the glory of being a professional athlete and then moving into the front office. Perhaps it's a natural transition, maybe even an inability to let go of the limelight but for most the part, these guys just love the game of baseball.
Only 10 of the 30 active managers in Major League Baseball have a decade or more experience coaching at the elite level. Surprisingly, two of the best known managers from that group did not make the cut because they never played baseball at the level they now coach. For consideration, a manager must have played in the major leagues and must go on to serve as manager for one of the thirty teams in Major League Baseball in order to qualify. In 2014, there is one manager that is fresh to the big leagues and hoping to fill some terribly big shoes, Brad Ausmus. Following Jim Leyland's retirement as manager of the Detroit Tigers, the former Major League catcher signed up to lead his old team.
While success is hard to measure equally across professional sports and baseball is no exception, at the end of the day, the one thing everybody remembers is who won. Although almost every manager in Major League Baseball today used to play baseball at some competitive level, it's the ones that are able to excel in both areas that garner the most credibility. That's not to say World Series titles and division pennants solely make the player, but hats off to anyone that can endure the pressure of being a professional athlete and continue to help those that came afterwards. With the 2014 regular season in full swing, let's take a look at the top 10 most winningest player turned coaches in Major League Baseball.
10 Bud Black, San Diego Padres - 547 wins
9 Ron Washington, Texas Rangers - 619 wins
8 Joe Girardi, New York Yankees - 651 wins
7 Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics - 740 wins
Bob Melvin originally landed this gig as an interim position. The former Major League catcher played for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Kansas City Royals, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox during his 10-year playing career. With 11 years of managerial experience, Melvin first looked over the Seattle Mariners in 2003 before taking over the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005 until he found a home in California. Now working through his fourth season with the A's, Bob Melvin has an all-time winning record of 738-699 including a 7-10 postseason record.
6 Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals - 745 wins
5 Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates - 786 wins
4 Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Twins - 1004 wins
3 Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians - 1128 wins
2 Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels - 1240 wins
1 Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants - 1540 wins
The 38th manager of the San Francisco Giants is the most experienced and the winningest active manager in Major League Baseball. After coaching the San Diego Padres to two National League pennants in 12 years, Bochy went across the bay to San Francisco. Entering his 8th season with the Giants, the former Major League catcher led the San Francisco Giants to two World Series championships between 2010-2012. According to ESPN, Bochy posted a 951-975 record while managing the Padres and has an all-time 15340-1535 winning record.
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