Ranking The 5 Most Overrated Managers in MLB

Ranking The 5 Most Overrated Managers in MLB

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Major league managers get more credit than they deserve sometimes. Whether their teams underachieve or there are other factors more central to the team's success, there are some managers who are underrated. Here are five managers who fit that mold.

5. Don Mattingly - Los Angeles Dodgers

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5. Don Mattingly - Los Angeles Dodgers

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This isn't to say that Mattingly isn't a good manager, but he gets more credit than he deserves. Most managers could succeed with such a talented roster, and as soon as the Dodgers faced adversity this season they underachieved. He still can become a top manager, but he has to stop relying solely on a talented roster in order to succeed.

4. Mike Scioscia - Los Angeles Angels

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4. Mike Scioscia - Los Angeles Angels

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Scioscia earned his reputation by being one of the best managers in baseball in the early 2000s, but his teams have majorly underachieved lately. His Angels are finally playing to their potential this season, but most people believe he's a top manager because of his past, not because of the last few seasons his teams have had.

3. Fredi Gonzalez - Atlanta Braves

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3. Fredi Gonzalez - Atlanta Braves

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Gonzalez was tasked with taking over for legend Bobby Cox and has done a decent job so far. But his teams have folded in the playoffs, and when facing adversity this season, they've folded as well. In a year they should be running away with the division, they're hovering a little above .500 and the NL East is anybody's for the taking.

2. Ron Washington - Texas Rangers

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2. Ron Washington - Texas Rangers

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The Rangers reached recent back-to-back World Series under the watch of Washington, but they've underachieved lately. Last season they failed to reach the postseason, and this season they appear headed for the same fate. If that happens again next season, Washington could be searching for a new job.

1. John Farrell - Boston Red Sox

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1. John Farrell - Boston Red Sox

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While he deserves a lot of the credit for the Red Sox' magical World Series run last season, the team has underachieved this season. He still could become a great manager, but pushing his team to ride out tough stretches is something he will have to develop in order to bring about consistent success.

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