List of Boston Red Sox managers

The Boston Red Sox are a professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox are members of the American League (AL) East Division in Major League Baseball (MLB). They have competed since 1901, initially as the Boston Americans (1901–1907), and under their current name since 1908. Since 1912, the Red Sox have played their home games at Fenway Park.[1] In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager, or more formally, the field manager. There have been 48 different managers in franchise history; the current manager is Alex Cora, who previously managed the team during the 2018 and 2019 seasons and was re-hired by the team on November 6, 2020.[2]

Alex Cora (waving) is the most recent manager to lead the Red Sox to a World Series championship.

Jimmy Collins was the first manager of the franchise, managing from 1901 to 1906.[3] Among all Red Sox managers, Joe Cronin managed the most regular season games (2,007) and registered the most regular season wins (1,071),[4] while Terry Francona managed the most playoff games (45) and registered the most playoff wins (28).[5] The most World Series championships won by a Red Sox manager is two, accomplished by Bill Carrigan (1915 and 1916) and Francona (2004 and 2007).[6] John McNamara and Jimy Williams are the only two Red Sox managers to win the AL Manager of the Year Award, in 1986 and 1999, respectively.[7]

Key

No.Number of managers[lower-alpha 1]
GMGames managed (includes ties)
WWins
LLosses
Win %Winning percentage[lower-alpha 2]
*Inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bold nameInducted to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame

Managers

The below table summarizes the franchise's managerial records since 1901, its inaugural season in the American League. Note that the number of games managed (GM) may exceed the sum of wins and losses, due to tie games that were later replayed; for example, Jimmy Collins had a regular season managerial record of 455–376, which sums to 831, 11 less than the 842 total regular season games that he managed.[3]

Statistics updated through the 2020 season.

No. Name Term Regular season Postseason Achievements Ref.
GM W L Win % GM W L
1 Jimmy Collins* 1901–1906 842 455 376 .548 8 5 3 1 World Series Championship (1903) [3]
2 Chick Stahl 1906 40 14 26 .350 [8]
3 Cy Young* 1907 6 3 3 .500 [9]
4 George Huff 1907 8 2 6 .250 [10]
5 Bob Unglaub 1907 29 9 20 .310 [11]
6 Deacon McGuire 1907–1908 227 98 123 .443 [12]
7 Fred Lake 1908–1909 192 110 80 .579 [13]
8 Patsy Donovan 1910–1911 311 159 147 .520 [14]
9 Jake Stahl 1912–1913 235 144 88 .621 8 4 3 1 World Series Championship (1912) [15]
10 Bill Carrigan 1913–1916 540 323 205 .612 10 8 2 2 World Series Championships (1915, 1916) [16]
11 Jack Barry 1917 157 90 62 .592 [17]
12 Ed Barrow* 1918–1920 418 213 203 .512 6 4 2 1 World Series Championship (1918) [18]
13 Hugh Duffy* 1921–1922 308 136 172 .442 [19]
14 Frank Chance* 1923 154 61 91 .401 [20]
15 Lee Fohl 1924–1926 463 160 299 .349 [21]
Bill Carrigan 1927–1929 463 166 295 .360 [16]
16 Heinie Wagner 1930 154 52 102 .338 [22]
17 Shano Collins 1931–1932 208 73 134 .353 [23]
18 Marty McManus 1932–1933 248 95 153 .383 [24]
19 Bucky Harris* 1934 153 76 76 .500 [25]
20 Joe Cronin* 1935–1947 2,007 1,071 916 .539 7 3 4 1946 American League pennant [4]
21 Joe McCarthy* 1948–1950 369 223 145 .606 [26]
22 Steve O'Neill 1950–1951 249 150 99 .602 [27]
23 Lou Boudreau* 1952–1954 463 229 232 .497 [28]
24 Pinky Higgins 1955–1959 691 360 329 .522 [29]
25 Rudy York 1959 1 0 1 .000 [30]
26 Billy Jurges 1959–1960 122 59 63 .484 [31]
27 Del Baker 1960 7 2 5 .286 [32]
Pinky Higgins 1960–1962 428 200 227 .468 [29]
28 Johnny Pesky 1963–1964 321 146 175 .455 [33]
29 Billy Herman* 1964–1966 310 128 182 .413 [34]
30 Pete Runnels 1966 16 8 8 .500 [35]
31 Dick Williams* 1967–1969 477 260 217 .545 7 3 4 1967 American League pennant [36]
32 Eddie Popowski 1969 9 5 4 .556 [37]
33 Eddie Kasko 1970–1973 640 345 295 .539 [38]
Eddie Popowski 1973 1 1 0 1.000 [37]
34 Darrell Johnson 1974–1976 408 220 188 .539 10 6 4 1975 American League pennant [39]
35 Don Zimmer 1976–1980 715 411 304 .575 [40]
Johnny Pesky 1980 5 1 4 .200 [33]
36 Ralph Houk 1981–1984 594 312 282 .525 [41]
37 John McNamara 1985–1988 571 297 273 .521 14 7 7 1986 AL Manager of the Year[7]
1986 American League pennant
[42]
38 Joe Morgan 1988–1991 563 301 262 .535 8 0 8 [43]
39 Butch Hobson 1992–1994 439 207 232 .472 [44]
40 Kevin Kennedy 1995–1996 306 171 135 .559 3 0 3 [45]
41 Jimy Williams 1997–2001 766 414 352 .540 14 5 9 1999 AL Manager of the Year[7] [46]
42 Joe Kerrigan 2001 43 17 26 .395 [47]
43 Grady Little 2002–2003 324 188 136 .580 12 6 6 [48]
44 Terry Francona 2004–2011 1,296 744 552 .574 45 28 17 2 World Series Championships (2004, 2007) [5]
45 Bobby Valentine 2012 162 69 93 .426 [49]
46 John Farrell 2013–2017 810 432 378 .533 23 12 11 1 World Series Championship (2013) [50]
47 Alex Cora 2018–2020 324 192 132 .593 14 11 3 1 World Series Championship (2018) [51]
48 Ron Roenicke 2020 60 24 36 .400 [52]
Alex Cora 2021–present [51]

One game of the 1912 World Series ended in a tie, and was replayed.

Notes

  1. A running count of the total number of managers of the Red Sox; any person who returned as manager is counted only once.
  2. Winning percentages in baseball are computed using only wins and losses; ties are excluded.

Sources

  • "Red Sox All-time Managers". MLB.com.
  • "Red Sox Year-By-Year Results". MLB.com.
  • "Red Sox Postseason Results". MLB.com.
  • "Baseball Hall of Fame Alphabetical List". Baseball Almanac.

References

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  2. Browne, Ian (November 6, 2020). "Cora back as Red Sox skipper on 2-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
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  4. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/cronijo01.shtml
  5. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/francte01.shtml
  6. "World Series Overview". MLB.com. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  7. "Manager of the Year Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-08-03.
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  10. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/huffge99.shtml
  11. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/unglabo01.shtml
  12. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/mcguide01.shtml
  13. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/lakefr01.shtml
  14. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/donovpa01.shtml
  15. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/stahlja01.shtml
  16. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/carribi02.shtml
  17. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/barryja01.shtml
  18. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/barroed99.shtml
  19. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/duffyhu01.shtml
  20. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/chancfr01.shtml
  21. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/fohlle01.shtml
  22. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/wagnehe01.shtml
  23. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/collish01.shtml
  24. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/mcmanma01.shtml
  25. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/harribu01.shtml
  26. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/mccarjo99.shtml
  27. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/o'neist01.shtml
  28. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/boudrlo01.shtml
  29. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/higgipi01.shtml
  30. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/yorkru01.shtml
  31. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/jurgebi01.shtml
  32. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/bakerde01.shtml
  33. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/peskyjo01.shtml
  34. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/hermabi01.shtml
  35. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/runnepe01.shtml
  36. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/willidi02.shtml
  37. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/popowed99.shtml
  38. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/kaskoed01.shtml
  39. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/johnsda01.shtml
  40. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/zimmedo01.shtml
  41. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/houkra01.shtml
  42. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/mcnamjo99.shtml
  43. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/morgajo01.shtml
  44. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/hobsobu01.shtml
  45. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/kenneke99.shtml
  46. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/williji03.shtml
  47. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/kerrijo01.shtml
  48. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/littlgr99.shtml
  49. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/valenbo02.shtml
  50. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/farrejo03.shtml
  51. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/coraal01.shtml
  52. https://www.baseball-reference.com/managers/roeniro01.shtml

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