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Managers in Post Season

September 24, 2012

Both the San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds clinched their one eighth division titles on Saturday September 22nd. The Reds are managed by Dusty Baker and the Giants were once managed by Dusty Baker. Unfortunately Baker missed the Reds’ division clincher as a precaution due to the discovery that Dusty has an irregular heartbeat. The Giants’ current manager is Bruce Bochy.

The Reds, Giants, Nationals, Braves, Rangers, Yankees and Orioles almost certainly will be in post season play and the first three listed have already clinched “tournament” berths. It is likely the A’s, Cardinals and the White Sox/Tigers AL Central winner will join them. Only Baker and Ron Washington of Texas have managed in post season, won a series, and not won a title among the likely post season managers.

Davey Johnson, now managing the Nationals, won with the Mets, Bruce Bochy won with his current team the Giants, in 2010. A year earlier, Joe Girardi guided his current team the Yankees, to their 27th world title. If Jim Leyland and his Tigers get in he will be the 4th manager in this post season who won a previous title. Leyland guided the wild card Florida Marlins to the 1997 world title.

Fredi Gonzalez managing Atlanta, Mike Matheny at the Cardinals’ helm and Bob Melvin who manages the A’s, would be making their first post season appearance. Robin Ventura of the White Sox, who are battling Detroit for the AL Central title, is in his first year as manager. Buck Showalter, who manages the Orioles has been in post season once but lost in his only series.

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