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MLB Managers With No Experience (since 1997)

By Paul Semendinger, Ed.D.


NOTE - We have written, a lot, about the Yankees' hiring of Aron Boone back in 2017, as this site was just starting.

This article ran in December 2017. It shows, clearly, that the Yankees were taking a huge leap of faith when they hired Aron Boone, a manger with no leadership experience as a coach or manager with any baseball team.

The move made no sense in 2017. The history indicated that it wasn't likely that Aaron Boone would find success. And, if success is determined by World Series' championships, he still has not.

What frustrates this writer is that so much of this was clear at the time.


December 4, 2017

A lot has been opined about the fact that Aaron Boone, the new Yankees manager, is coming to the team without any experience as a professional baseball coach or manager in any capacity.

Since his retirement as a player, Aaron Boone has served as an analyst for ESPN.

I decided to do some research to see what recent baseball history has to say about this. I learned that in the last 30 years, there have nine times that teams have reached out and brought in managers with no experience.

The results, as expected, have been mixed.

The following chart is self-explanatory. This highlights how the teams performed the season prior to the "no-experience" manager and in that manager's first year. Some brief notes also follow.

In order to eliminate interim managers, I used 162 games managed as a qualifier. This chart only lists managers who led their teams for at least the equivalent of a full season.


Cary Greene
Cary Greene
Nov 03, 2022

I'd argue that pygmalion shouldn't really factor into a decision as to who might be the best choice to manage a bunch of millionaires, many of whom who don't think it's important to do fundamental things like hustle to first base. (Aaron Judge and a few select others excluded)

The pragmatist in me prefers to deal with what is. While I like calculated risks, it doesn't appear that the Yankees are making decisions that consider the desired end - specifically what I mean is they aren't reverse engineering a championship.

Therefore, if the goal isn't really to win a world series championship, then why not just keep running Boone out there every season?

If I saw evidence that the Yankees…


Nov 03, 2022


why not get a really experienced manager

one who has been hired by a bunch of teams

and has managed each of them to near-success?

one who has only been fired 3 or 4 times

and has now improved to the point where he took a team sporting a payroll higher than the Yankees' and did almost as well as Boone?

Nov 03, 2022
Replying to

hiring a baseball lifer to manage a baseball team

is not the same as hiring a baseball lifer to manage a taxi garage, Paul.

Boone's hiring as pretty much hiring from within

and comes as only one of a zillion examples of hiring a former player as a manager.

I'll now let this go as I believe that we've flogged it long past expiration


Nov 03, 2022

At first glance, it appears that all of them were at least coaches before taking the Mgr job. Boone was a broadcaster, as we know.

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