Meghan Montemurro | The Athletic
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
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
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?