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Manager Joe Torre, then with the New York Yankees, returning to the dugout (September 2005).

In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager (or more formally, the field manager); this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. Managers are typically assisted by between one and six assistant coaches, whose responsibilities are specialized. The manager chooses the line-up and starting pitcher before each game, and makes substitutions throughout the game – among the most significant being those decisions regarding when to bring in a relief pitcher. How much control a manager takes in player strategy varies from one manager to another. Some managers control pitch selection, defensive positioning, decisions to bunt, steal, pitch out, etc., while others designate an assistant coach or a player (often the catcher) to make these decisions. Some managers choose to act as their team's first base or third base coach while their team is batting in order to more closely communicate with baserunners, but most managers delegate this responsibility to an assistant.

In modern professional baseball, the field manager is normally subordinate to the team's general manager for off-the-field decisions. Among other things, the general manager is responsible for personnel decisions, including hiring and firing the field manager. The general manager is not involved with coaching during a game. The term manager used without qualification almost always refers to the field manager, while the general manager is often called the GM.

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A manager is the head coach of a baseball team. His job is to tell the players on the team what to do and make decisions about how the team should play like who will play in what position.


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