World Series’ Shining Duo

ESPN celebrates the managers who led their teams all the way.

This article, written by Steve Wulf, appears on ESPN.

It’s hard to pick a winner from this manager pairing

It’s probably time to eject “skipper” from the baseball lexicon. The word is just too inadequate. The modern manager is so much more than the captain of a ship. He is a counselor, a teacher, a leader, a thinker, a storyteller, a cheerleader and a bearer of news, both good and bad.

If there’s one thing this epic World Series has demonstrated, it’s that the Cubs and Indians are here because of their managers. It’s not just a coincidence that two storied Midwestern franchises with Cs on their uniforms are facing each other in the seventh game, hoping to finally write a happy ending. It’s also a dazzling demonstration of how the manager has evolved in modern baseball.

Joe Maddon and Terry Francona are both Italian-American, both close to their families, both from small, working-class, Pennsylvania towns. Read more at ESPN…

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