Baseball - The Coaches' Journal


Meghan Montemurro | The Athletic

Management Material

There's no consensus on what Gabe Kapler's biggest challenge will be as a first-time manager with limited coaching experience. But each stop along his unconventional path has prepared him for the opportunity.

Steve Wulf | ESPN

Meant to Be

Dave Roberts took a long path back to Los Angeles, but now he has the Dodgers on the cusp of greatness by doing it the only way he knows — the Dodger Way.

Ken Rosenthal | The Athletic

Culture and Victories Go Hand-In-Hand

From his vast experience in the minors — 1,433 games as a player, 1,270 as a manager — Torey Lovullo was schooled in the game’s relentless lessons in humility.

Katie Baker | The Ringer

The Great Communicator

Equally revered for his managerial innovations and quirky quotes, Terry Francona has rebuilt Cleveland into a title contender.

Pat Jordan | Sports on Earth

Curious Buck

Buck Showalter is a turnaround CEO. But by the time his teams make the World Series, he’s gone, replaced by a manager who is his polar opposite.

Hunter Atkins | Houston Chronicle

Pain and Gain

A.J. Hinch's four seasons at Stanford had a profound influence on him. He wanted to be seen as just a normal guy, but he didn’t have the normal experience.

Steve Wulf | ESPN

The Gnome

A usual day in the unusual life of the Tampa Bay Rays' Joe Maddon, a manager unlike any other in Major League Baseball.

Tom Friend | Sports Illustrated

The Renaissance of Clint Hurdle

Clint Hurdle could not shake the label — Hopelessly Traditional Manager. Yet, in his fourth decade in the game, he has evolved.

Chris Jones | ESPN

A Long Journey to Spring

Royals coach Mike Jirschele spent 36 years in the minor leagues, most of them preparing players for the jump that eluded him.

Frank Deford | Sports Illustrated

Sweet & Lou

Age, success, and a good woman have mellowed Mariners manager Lou Piniella. So whom can we rely on now to storm out of the dugout in a righteous rage?