Let’s take a look at the five best managers in Major League Baseball for 2018 and what each of them have done to earn this honor.
Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs comes into the 2018 baseball season with a career winning percentage of .538, and a record of 1,073-922. Maddon is also a three time Manager of the Year, winning it in 2008, 2011, and 2015. He also has won one World Series Championship as a manager and it came in 2016 with Chicago.
The next manager is Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians. In 2017, Francona led the Indians to a 102-60 record, which was the best in the American League. They ended up winning the American League Central Division. For his career, Francona has a 454-354 record with a .539 winning percentage in 17 years. Francona also holds two Manager of the Year awards (2013 and 2016) and has won two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007 with the Boston Red Sox.
Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles should be considered for one of the best managers in baseball. Showalter is a three time Manager of the Year award winner, winning the award in 1994, 2004, and 2014. He’s appeared in 23 postseason games between coaching the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore. Showalter, for a career, has a record of 1504-1402 with a winning percentage of .517.
Mike Scioscia ranks 22nd in career wins for a manager in the Majors. He owns a career record of 1570-1346 and has winning percentage of .538. Mike also holds two Manager of Year awards with the Los Angeles Angels in 2002 and 2009. He also won a World Series title in 2002 when the Angels defeated the San Francisco Giants. Last season, he had an 80-82 record as the Angels manager.
The final manager is Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants. Bochy as been a Major League Baseball manager for 23 years, between managing the San Diego Padres from 1995 to 2006 and the San Francisco Giants from 2007 to the present. He holds three World Series titles (2010, 2012, and 2014). Bochy also won a Manager of the Year award in 1996 with the Padres. Bruce has a career record of 1853-1855 with a winning percentage of .500 and he ranks 15th in all time wins as a manager.
All five of these coaches have done well in their career so far. Some of them were able to win championships and all of them rank 53rd or better in wins all-time. With that being said, there is a good chance, one day, all five could be in the Hall of Fame.