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.
The Phils have been proficient under Manuel control; they have won five straight division titles and have the best overall record in the National League in his seven seasons in Philadelphia.
World Series titles: 1 (2008, Phillies)
Other pennants: 1 (2009, Phillies) — Al Tielemans/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images