With the retirements of Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Jim Leyland in recent years, Major League Baseball lost three of its all-time great managers. However, their replacements proved to be more than worthy of the position. In fact, there are several great young managers along with the old-school names who excel at the job. Here are the seven best active MLB managers.
7. Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals
Filling the shoes of legendary Tony LaRussa proved to be no problem for the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny. He led his team to the playoffs in his first two years as manager of St. Louis, including a trip to the World Series in a sparkling 2013 campaign. Matheny has shown he’s adept at managing young players and playing the hand he’s dealt; he also proved to be a great motivator for a team that excelled in hitting with runners in scoring position. He placed fourth in the 2013 Manager of the Year voting.