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What Happened to the Player-Manager in Baseball?

Published by on June 4, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Did this man kill the player-manager in baseball? 

From the inception of professional baseball, several players have served in the dual role of player and manager. The last, and most prominent, was Pete Rose, who was the player-manager of the Cincinnati Reds from 1984-1986.

When Vern Rapp was let go by the Reds toward the end of the 1984 season, little did we know that Charlie Hustle would be the last player-manager to take the helm of a team for 25 years.

The player-manager trend began dying about 35 years before Pete Rose handled the dual role for the Reds. In the early 1950s, well-known, respected players such as Eddie Stanky and Marty Marion became managers as their playing days diminished.
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