The Cleveland Guardians (formerly known as the Indians) are a professional baseball franchise based in Cleveland, Ohio that formed in 1901. They are members of the Central division of Major League Baseball's American League.[1] The current manager of the Guardians is Stephen Vogt, who replaced Terry Francona after he stepped down at the end of the 2023 season.

Cleveland has had 47 managers in their major league history. Jimmy McAleer became the first manager of the then Cleveland Blues in 1901, serving for one season. In 1901, McAleer was replaced with Bill Armour. Cleveland made their first playoff appearance under Tris Speaker in 1920. Out of the seven managers that have led Cleveland into the postseason, only Speaker and Lou Boudreau have led Cleveland to World Series championships, doing so in 1920 and 1948, respectively. Al López (1954), Mike Hargrove (1995 and 1997) and Terry Francona (2016) have also appeared in World Series with Cleveland. The highest winning percentage of any manager who managed at least one season was López, with a percentage of .617. The lowest percentage was Johnny Lipon's .305 in 1971, although he managed for only 59 games. The lowest percentage of a manager with at least one season with Cleveland was McAleer's .397 in 1901.

Francona managed more regular season games (1,678) than any other Cleveland manager. Francona is also the winningest manager in Cleveland MLB history, with 921 wins. Charlie Manuel, Eric Wedge, Speaker, Boudreau, López, Hargrove and Francona are the only managers to have led Cleveland into the playoffs. Speaker, Boudreau, López, Walter Johnson, Joe Gordon, Nap Lajoie and Frank Robinson are the seven members of the Baseball Hall of Fame who are also former managers of this club. Of those seven, López is the only one inducted as a manager.[2][3][4] Wedge and Francona are the only Cleveland managers to win the Manager of the Year award; Wedge in 2007, and Francona in 2013, 2016, and 2022.[5]

Table key

WPct
Winning percentage: number of wins divided by number of games managed
PA
Playoff appearances: number of years this manager has led the franchise to the playoffs
PW
Playoff wins: number of wins this manager has accrued in the playoffs
PL
Playoff losses: number of losses this manager has accrued in the playoffs
WS
World Series: number of World Series victories achieved by this manager
or Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (‡ denotes induction as manager)[6]

Managers

Statistics current through the 2023 postseason.

#[a] Manager Seasons Games Wins Losses WPct PA PW PL WS Ref(s)
1 Jimmy McAleer 1901 136 54 82 .397 [7]
2 Bill Armour 19021904 427 232 195 .543 [8]
3 Nap Lajoie 1905 58 37 21 .638 [9]
4 Bill Bradley 1905 41 20 21 .488 [10]
Nap Lajoie 19051909 628 340 288 .541 [11]
5 Deacon McGuire 19091911 208 91 117 .438 [12]
6 George Stovall 1911 136 74 62 .544 [13]
7 Harry Davis 1912 125 54 71 .432 [14]
8 Joe Birmingham 19121915 361 170 191 .471 [15]
9 Lee Fohl 19151919 637 327 310 .513 [16]
10 Tris Speaker 19191926 1,137 617 520 .543 1 5 2 1 [17][18]
11 Jack McCallister 1927 153 66 87 .431 [19]
12 Roger Peckinpaugh 19281933 817 415 402 .508 [20]
13 Bibb Falk 1933 1 1 0 1.000 [21]
14 Walter Johnson 19331935 347 179 168 .516 [22]
15 Steve O'Neill 19351937 367 199 168 .542 [23]
16 Ossie Vitt 19381940 460 262 198 .570 [24]
Roger Peckinpaugh 1941 154 75 79 .487 [20]
17 Lou Boudreau 19421950 1,377 728 649 .529 1 4 2 1 [25][26]
18 Al López 19511956 924 570 354 .617 1 0 4 [27][28]
19 Kerby Farrell 1957 153 76 77 .497 [29]
20 Bobby Bragan 1958 67 31 36 .463 [30]
21 Joe Gordon 19581960 335 184 151 .549 [31]
22 Jo-Jo White 1960 1 1 0 1.000 [32]
23 Jimmy Dykes 19601961 218 103 115 .472 [33]
24 Mel Harder 1961 1 1 0 1.000 [34]
25 Mel McGaha 1962 160 78 82 .488 [35]
Mel Harder 1962 2 2 0 1.000 [34]
26 Birdie Tebbetts 1963 162 79 83 .488 [36]
27 George Strickland 1964 72 33 39 .458 [37]
Birdie Tebbetts 19641966 375 199 176 .531 [36]
George Strickland 1966 39 15 24 .385 [37]
28 Joe Adcock 1967 162 75 87 .463 [38]
29 Alvin Dark 19681971 587 266 321 .453 [39]
30 Johnny Lipon 1971 59 18 41 .305 [40]
31 Ken Aspromonte 19721974 480 220 260 .458 [41]
32 Frank Robinson 19751977 375 186 189 .496 [42]
33 Jeff Torborg 19771979 358 157 201 .439 [43]
34 Dave Garcia 19791982 491 247 244 .503 [44]
35 Mike Ferraro 1983 100 40 60 .400 [45]
36 Pat Corrales 19831987 635 280 355 .441 [46]
37 Doc Edwards 19871989 380 173 207 .455 [47]
38 John Hart 1989 19 8 11 .421 [48]
39 John McNamara 19901991 239 102 137 .427 [49]
40 Mike Hargrove 19911999 1,312 721 591 .550 5 27 25 [50]
41 Charlie Manuel 20002002 410 220 190 .537 1 2 3 [51][52]
42 Joel Skinner 2002 76 35 41 .461 [53]
43 Eric Wedge 20032009 1,134 561 573 .495 1 6 5 [54][55]
44 Manny Acta 20102012 480 214 266 .446 [56]
45 Sandy Alomar Jr. 2012 6 3 3 .500 [57]
46 Terry Francona 20132023 1,678 921 757 .548 6 16 17 [58][b]
47 Stephen Vogt 2024–present
Totals 19,060 9,760 9,300 .512 16 60 58 2

See also

Notes

  1. ^ A running total of the number of managers of the Guardians. Thus, any manager who has two or more separate terms is counted only once.
  2. ^ Francona managed only 14 games during the 60-game 2020 season due to health issues. He is credited with the 28 wins and 18 losses of acting manager Sandy Alomar Jr. Francona stepped aside for health reasons during the 2021 season after managing 99 games. He is credited with the 30 wins and 33 losses of acting manager DeMarlo Hale.

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