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New Look Emerging in MLB Dugouts

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Cardinals fans may know that Mike Matheny won almost as many Gold Gloves (four) as the five awarded Yadier Molina, the most-recent standard of excellence behind the plate.

Robin Ventura collected six Gold Gloves along with 294 homers and 1,182 RBIs in 16 seasons. Sabermetrics disciples can inform you the stylish third baseman notched an exceptional 52.3 career WAR (wins above replacement player).

Headlined by Matheny, Ventura, Don Mattingly and Kirk Gibson, the face of Major League managers is changing. It is getting younger, fresher. These are not your grandfather's grizzled, tantrum-throwing skippers answering to "The Little General" and "Battling Billy."

A trend is developing, with owners and front offices trusting dugout leadership and responsibility...

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