1. Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay
A master with youngsters and at convincing players to believe in themselves and their team.
2. Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels
His teams are aggressive and will play the game at a high intensity. Not afraid to make mistakes.
3. Bruce Bochy, San Francisco
Has an old-fashioned, gut-it-out style and teams that take on that persona. Can win with less.
4. Terry Francona, Boston
Proven he can lead good teams; had trouble motivating teams with less talent.
5. Tony La Russa, St. Louis
Rubs just enough players the wrong way not to be higher on the list. But he wins.
6. Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia
Won’t wow anyone in an interview, but his players always play hard for him.
7. Jim Leyland, Detroit
Old-school baseball leader will protect his players to no end. Guys always know where they stand with him.
8. Rod Gardenhire, Minnesota
Well versed in the “Minnesota Twins Way” dating back to Tom Kelly. Good fundamentals and few mental mistakes — not talent — are hallmarks of his teams.
9. Bud Black, San Diego
Has proven he can win with low expectations.
10. Joe Girardi, New York Yankees
Still learning and finding out that winning in New York isn’t as easy as Joe Torre made it look.
11. Dusty Baker, Cincinnati
Good winning track record, but not exactly a pitcher’s manager.
12. Buck Showalter, Baltimore
Buck does things Buck’s way. Has prepared teams to be winners, but never actually managed his own winner.
13. Ron Washington, Texas
Rocky start in Texas, but proved he could take a team to the Series last season.
14. Ozzie Guillen, Chicago White Sox
Never know what you’re get with Ozzie. Sometimes good; sometimes bad. Mostly good.
15. Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh
Maybe the best fit in Pittsburgh since Jim Leyland.
16. Jim Tracy, Colorado
Calm, stoic and in need of good players.
17. Kirk Gibson, Arizona
Too early to tell, but indications point to a bright future at the helm.
18. Ned Yost, Kansas City
Got a raw deal in Milwaukee; needs to be given time in K.C. (just like the young players).
19. Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee
The jury hasn’t even begun to deliberate, but we like his pedigree and the fact that the Brew Crew is winning.
20. Manny Acta, Cleveland
Has enjoyed short-term success in Washington and now Cleveland; most teams prefer long-term success.
21. Jim Riggleman, Washington
Always says yes to jobs, but rarely No. 1 on teams’ lists.
22. Edwin Rodriguez, Florida
Players seem to respect coaches and front office more than E-Rod.
23. Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta
Popular choice to succeed Bobby Cox in Atlanta, but didn’t exactly prove himself in Florida.
24. Eric Wedge, Seattle
May not be given many more chances.
25. John Farrell, Toronto
Much like most of Toronto’s team: Unknown.
26. Don Mattingly, Los Angeles Dodgers
Very little about the Dodgers has improved under his watch; then again, the organization is in turmoil from the top down.
27. Mike Quade, Chicago Cubs
Probably won’t be in uniform much longer.
28. Brad Mills, Houston
Will probably suffer same fate as most managers with mediocre players.
29. Terry Collins, New York Mets
Not a good fit in Anaheim or Houston. Certainly not in New York.
30. Bob Melvin, Oakland
Midseason fill-in trying to earn a job in 2012.
1. Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay