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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.

Jim Leyland, 67, Detroit Tigers

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

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