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June 20, 2005
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SI Players Poll

[Based on a survey of 450 MLB players]

Edited by Kostya Kennedy

Who is the best manager in baseball?

This is an article from the June 20, 2005 issue

Bobby Cox 37%
Braves

Joe Torre 17%
Yankees

Dusty Baker 12%
Cubs

Tony La Russa 7%
Cardinals

Who is the worst manager?

Frank Robinson 12%
Nationals

Buck Showalter 12%
Rangers

Lloyd McClendon 9%
Pirates

Larry Bowa 8%
Formerly Phillies

FAST FACTS: Poll was conducted in spring training.... Robinson's surprising Nationals (37-26) were in first place though Sunday.... Torre's Yanks fell to 30-32 last week, though he got a vote of confidence from owner George Steinbrenner.... La Russa was sixth on the "worst" list (4%).... Bowa was fired by the Phils last October.... Cox's Braves have won 13 straight NL East titles.

For complete results and breakdown of the poll go to SI.com/scoreboard.

COLOR PHOTOSCOTT AUDETTE/AP (COX)COLOR PHOTOJOHN IACONO (TORRE)COLOR PHOTOCHUCK SOLOMON (ROBINSON)