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New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005).

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 Managers[]

American League[]

Team Manager Managing Since
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

National League[]

Team Manager Managing Since
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

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