Looking up to an Angel
Nobody in the game today manages a team better than Mike Scioscia
The SetupIt isn't easy to pick "the best manager in baseball." You have to decide what to make of four of the winningest managers in history: Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Lou Piniella. You have to decide what to make of longevity in a job that isn't really conducive to that sort of thing -- in the distinguished cases of Jim Leyland, Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy and Cito Gaston.
So what is it, exactly, that puts Scioscia ahead of names such as La Russa, Francona, Gardenhire and Cox? Jayson's got the facts to make his case, but to check it out and weigh in, you must be an ESPN Insider.
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