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A Roundup of Major League Managers

As they chase a pennant, these 'Boys of Summer' draw on years of wisdom

Back to Play Ball! Main PageThe Boys of Summer? That may be an apt description of Major League Baseball players. But in charge of every team is a boy who has seen quite a few summers: the Skipper, the Old Man, the Major League manager.

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Some of them were star players in their day; others never made it out of the minor leagues. The former stars usually don’t have to wait long to take over a team. The career minor leaguers generally serve lengthy apprenticeships coaching and managing farm teams before becoming big league coaches — and then wait even longer to get their big break.

Here’s a look at 14 of the 21 AARP-eligible major league managers ready to steer their squads through this coming season. Come Opening Day on April 4, their 50th birthdays will be behind them — but their best days in baseball may still lie ahead.

Davey Johnson, 69, Washington Nationals

Major League Baseball’s oldest current manager was once one of its youngest; he managed the 1984 New York Mets when he was 41 (and his oldest player, Rusty Staub, was 40). Johnson returned to the dugout after a 10-season absence when the Nationals’ Jim Riggleman quit near the midpoint of last season.

World Series titles: 1 (1986, New York Mets)
Other pennants: 0 — Jonathan Newton/Washington Post/Getty Images

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