What makes the best Major League Baseball manager? I have heard that question asked hundreds of times. When a manager is successful, some say it is because of the knowledge he learned as a player. Some say the position he played, such as a catcher, makes the best manager. After wondering about this myself, I decided to look at all of the managers, analyze the data and figure out…What makes the best Major League Baseball manager?
Part 1 – Data Introduction and the Hall of Fame
Baseball began professionally in 1871. From 1871 to the end of the 2012 season, there have been 676 managers that have managed 407,178 games. Nearly every professional manager played the game as a major leaguer or never got past the minor leagues before he started his managerial duties. Continue reading