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Your favorite manager ever?


Your favorite manager ever?

As time goes fast quickly. Felipe Alou already turned 86 years old today.

I was wondering who are your favorite all time baseball managers.

Some of them comes by, without ever getting noticed, and others just leaves their mark.

My Favorite Manager ever is Felipe Alou.

Alou is Montreal's most popular coach / manager ever, all sports put in together.. this is including a huge hockey history.

He was given an interim manager job in 1992 as a last resort penny pinching mesure... he turned the team around and became a well respected and beloved manager here in Montreal. The team gave him a long term contract...

He was able to get any team as competitive as it gets, despite all the crap he was put into in Montreal by the Ownership group.... he was given at times some awfull teams...

There was a whole aura of an Old Wise Man when he was managing here in Montreal.

The day baseball died in Montreal, was the day when the scumbag Jeffrey Loria got rid of Felipe Alou...

Felipe Alou's life story is also great, he also had to fight the color / racial barrier along with his brothers back in is playing day's, as they were pretty much among the first dominican players to step in the game...

Re: Your favorite manager ever?

Easy for me, Ned Yost.

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Easy one for me: Tommy Lasorda !!

- The Sheik

Re: Your favorite manager ever?

Billy Martin!!

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Earl Weaver - that guy was CLASSIC

Re: Your favorite manager ever?

Earl Weaver overall.

Gene Mauch for my team.

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My fav is Don Mattingly

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I liked Sparky Anderson when I was young. He appeared on WKRP after he was fired by Cincinnati and I found him entertaining even when he was gruff.

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Bobby “The Brain” Heenan!

…but as far as baseball is concerned, Rube Foster.

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Bobby Valentine during his tenure with the Metropolitans

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Billy Martin. He was a great manager and he was probably more entertaining off the field than on and suffered from little mans syndrome but would still kick your a@# in a fight , ask reggie. If i could build a time machine id have earl weaver and billy meet in a ufc pre match , 3 rounds no dq.watch the doc about billy, he had to go the way he went .

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We tend to overlook the managers of the overly talented clubs.

Huggins/McCarthy/Stengel as well as guys like Alston deserve a lot of credit for keeping egos in line without letting their own get in the way. It takes a certain type of guy to not screw it up. Torre fits in this mold as well.

BTW: I am far from being a Yankee fan.

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@PLPL512 couldn't have said it better - what a traveshamockery MLB made of Montrèal

...and Alou was fab

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One more I want to bring up: Whitey Herzog. Showing that small ball can be both fun to watch and successful, he was a great example to follow in my coaching years at the 15-19 year old levels.

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1982 World Series was a prime example of his genius. Brewers hit 216 homers that year compared to Cardinals 67 , yet they won it all.

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Whitey is my #2. Brought my 1st ever WS title as a fan. The only one until 2015.

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Francona is becoming my favorite. Since he took over the Indians in 2013, they have the 2nd most wins of any team at 694. The only team with more is the Dodgers with 734. It is amazing that LA has only won 1 title and Cleveland has won 0 despite leading their respective wins during that time.

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Ugh! Whitey Herzog... I hated the White Rat. Cards always gave the Mets a tough time.

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I also have to give vote to Lasorda. Loved to watch him on Johnny Carson. He always had the best baseball stories.

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I love Buck Showalter!

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Bobby Valentine was fun to watch

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Mine is Tom Kelly. I grew up in Minnesota and watched them win 2 World Series. I was at game 2 at the Dome in 1991 as a 15 year-old when Gant fell off first base LOL.

He was just a regular dude. Google a picture of him throwing BP at the dome wearing Zubas and smoking a stogie. I actually ran into him at a baseball card shop (anyone remember Shinders?) once. I was sorting through cards and noticed a guy next to me. Looked up and it was him - could have been any regular schlub off the street. I was maybe 13 or 14.

I still get excited when I think of '91. I'm not sure that World Series can be topped in terms of sheer drama.

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Braves fan, and I am still PISSED about that game and series. Total B.S. !! Twolves is a great commish, but Hrbek and Drew Coble can never be forgiven!

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LOL

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I have 2, both great managers. Bobby Cox and Joe Torre. I wish I was alive to see those guys think the game.

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Bobby Cox was a scumbag wife beater

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I guess BaseballforLife is not against Wife beating

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Lets give good old(really old) Tony LaRussa some love. Killing it with the sox right now.

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Let's be real, half the managers that have been named have baggage marauder. I was just going by on the field stuff as I have no idea of off the field for managers pre-2013.

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I would definitely put wife beating far beyond 'having some baggage'.

Aside from Billy Martin, I am hard pressed to name anyone with excess baggage on the thread

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I agree 100%, domestic abuse is disgusting, however I had no idea, reconsidering I wouldn't consider Bobby Cox a good figure and my opinion has changed.

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Sparky Anderson and joe Torre

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Since someone mentioned Tony La Russa, he's had a series of disastrous quotes today. The cherry on the top was the one he just mentioned where he condoned the Twins throwing at his player.

https://twitter.com/RyanMcGuffey/st..
I never got to see him much, and maybe he was a good manager back in the day, but when you're saying stuff like this, I would prefer you not be a manager in the present day.

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I've been saying this, It's professional baseball, nobody cares about "hurt feelings" your player hit a home run for heavens sake just be happy! he did his job well. Who cares what the count was?

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I am "old" school only because I am old. That does not mean you can throw at a hitter. It's ok to swing on 3-0. No matter the score. Steal a base up 10-0.
If we want people to watch we need to market our players better. Let the entertainers entertain. You don't have to show someone up to be able to celebrate. More and more I am moving to Trevor Bauers take on things.

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Yeah a bunch of nonsense. Twins had a position player throwing 40 mph. So he should take a strike to make it 3-1 then what? Swinging is ok now? Take another strike? Hit ball weakly on purpose to get out? LaRussa just lost the clubhouse with his comments, especially defending the Twins throwing at Mercedes. No surprise really.

Someone mentioned Showalter before. I always like him as Yankees manager. I like Dusty Baker too.

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Also, if the Twins can't respect the game enough to have a PITCHER pitching than they get whatever they deserve-

A hitter might get to 40 Homers that year and earn a bonus or something due to that at bat, later on no one will remember he hit it off a non pitcher- Leave a PITCHER out there -

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Merecedes has been nothing but professional. he hasn't said a WORD about La Russa.

Funny joke I heard: This isn't the first time La Russa bashed a Mercedes.

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A player would need to be a total idiot to bad mouth mgmt. (His agent would need to be one to not caution him about the ramifications).

Even the stars of the game understand that basic rule. It applies everywhere.

Re: Your favorite manager ever?

Jim Leyland was one of my favorites back in the day.

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Leyland is a great pick.

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Ditto! Billy Martin in his prime was a fireball!

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Boring old Tom Kelly was a quiet, thoughtful teacher of the game who worked with his players on bunting drills and fundamentals. I liked his laid back style and his ability to teach millionaires and treat them like they were still in little league. He seemed to be able to manage the egos at the same time.