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In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager (or more formally, the field manager); this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. The manager sets the line-up and starting pitcher before each game as well as making substitutions throughout the game. How much control a manager takes in player strategy varies from one manager to another. Some managers control pitch selection, defensive positioning, decisions to bunt/steal/pitch out, etc., while others leave these decisions to a player's discretion. Most find a balance somewhere in the middle.
In modern baseball the field manager is normally subordinate to the team's general manager, who among other things is responsible for personnel decisions, including hiring and firing the field manager. However, the term manager used without qualification almost always refers to the field manager, while the general manager is often called the GM.
In his comedy routine "Baseball and Football," George Carlin observes that only in baseball does the manager have to wear the same uniform the players do.
Current MLB ManagersEdit
|Baltimore Orioles||Dave Trembly||2007|
|Boston Red Sox||Terry Francona||2004|
|Chicago White Sox||Ozzie Guillén||2004|
|Cleveland Indians||Manny Acta||2010|
|Detroit Tigers||Jim Leyland||2006|
|Kansas City Royals||Trey Hillman||2008|
|Anaheim Angels||Mike Scioscia||2000|
|Minnesota Twins||Ron Gardenhire||2002|
|New York Yankees||Joe Girardi||2008|
|Oakland Athletics||Bob Geren||2007|
|Seattle Mariners||Don Wakamatsu||2009|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||Joe Maddon||2006|
|Texas Rangers||Ron Washington||2007|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Cito Gaston||2008|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||A.J. Hinch||2009|
|Atlanta Braves||Bobby Cox||1990|
|Chicago Cubs||Lou Piniella||2007|
|Cincinnati Reds||Dusty Baker||2008|
|Colorado Rockies||Jim Tracy||2009|
|Florida Marlins||Fredi Gonzalez||2007|
|Houston Astros||Brad Mills||2010|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Joe Torre||2008|
|Milwaukee Brewers||Ken Macha||2009|
|New York Mets||Jerry Manuel||2008|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Charlie Manuel||2005|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||John Russell||2008|
|St. Louis Cardinals||Tony La Russa||1996|
|San Diego Padres||Bud Black||2007|
|San Francisco Giants||Bruce Bochy||2007|
|Washington Nationals||Jim Riggleman||2009|