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Casey Stengel He looked exactly like a baseball manager should look, didn't he?
Tags: Casey  Stengel  baseball  manager 
Added: 21st July 2008
Views: 1156
Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: BigBoy Bob on 2008-07-21 
Lava, of all the people I know you might know the answer to this Why do managers get in uniform, it's not like they are going to play in the game. Its like a football coach getting all suited up no? The last player/coach I remember was Pete Rose.
Posted by: Classico on 2008-07-21 
Player-managers exist in almost all amateur and semi-pro leagues throughout the USA and Puerto Rico. I believe that there are some in the newly created independent pro leagues as well. Being the old time baseball player that I am, I think it is a good idea to keep the tradition going.

As for MLB and pro leagues, coaches and managers continue to take a hands on approach to coaching in the pregames. They hit fungoes to the fielders, warmup the pitcher in the bullpens, and shag a few popups for batters in the batting cage. You certainly cannot do that in your civvies!

As for Casey Stengel - he was a family hero. My dad idolized him. And yes, he just looks like an old fashion manager!
Posted by: Steve on 2008-07-21 
Thanks Classico! I too was waiting for the answer!
Posted by: Naomi on 2008-07-21 
Love the cap!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-07-22 
Here's the best answer I can give you: For years baseball managers traditionally coached third base. Base coaches were required to wear uniforms so they would not be confused with defensive players. Since managers routinely held this job, it made sense for them to wear uniforms. Also, managers in uniform are permitted to enter the field to question calls. No uniform--no entering the field. Connie Mack and Burt Shotton were notable managers who wore civvies. They always delegated on-field duties to their coaches or captains.
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