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.
Leyland’s professional baseball career is almost old enough for AARP membership — the Tigers signed him as a catcher in 1963. This will be his 21st season as a major league manager.
World Series titles: 1 (1997, Florida Marlins)
Other pennants: 1 (2006, Tigers) — Nick Laham/Getty Images