Friday, October 1, 2010

Dusty Baker Joins An Exclusive Fraternity


The Cincinnati Reds NL Central title has put manager Dusty Baker in an exclusive list of managers who have led 3 or more teams to the playoffs.

The exclusive members are:
  1. Bill McKechnie: Between 1915-1946, took the Pittsburgh Pirates (1925), St. Louis Cardinals (1928) and the Cincinnati Reds (1939, 1940) to the World Series.
  2. Dick Williams: Between 1967-1988, took the Boston Red Sox (1967), Oakland A's (1972, 1973) and the San Diego Padres (1984) to the World Series. He also took the Montreal Expos to their only playoff appearance in 1981.
  3. Billy Martin: Between 1969-1988, took the New York Yankees (1976, 1977) to the World Series, also took the Minnesota Twins (1969), the Detroit Tigers (1972) and the A's (1981) to the playoffs.
  4. Davey Johnson: Between 1984-2000, took the New York Mets (1986) to the World Series, also took the Reds (1995) and the Baltimore Orioles (1996, 1997) to the playoffs.
  5. Lou Piniella: Between 1986-2010, took the Reds (1990) to the World Series, also took the Seattle Mariners (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001) and the Chicago Cubs (2007, 2008) to the playoffs.
  6. Jim Leyland: Has taken the Florida Marlins (1997) and the Tigers (2006) to the World Series, also took the Pirates (1990, 1991, 1992) to the playoffs.
  7. Tony LaRussa: Has taken the A's (1988, 1989, 1990) and the Cardinals (2004, 2006) to the World Series, also took the Chicago White Sox (1983) to the playoffs.
  8. Joe Torre: Has taken the Yankees (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003) to the World Series, also took the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008, 2009) and the Atlanta Braves (1982) to the playoffs.
  9. Dusty Baker: Has taken the San Francisco Giants (2002) to the World Series, also took the Cubs (2003) and now the Reds (2010) to the playoffs.

So there we have it--

According to baseball-reference.com, there have been 669 managers in major league history and only 9 have led 3 or more teams to the playoffs.

Is it an exclusive fraternity?

I sure think so.

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