When the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Joe Girardi on June 3 and replaced him with bench coach Rob Thomson, little thought was given to the move at the time. Fast forward nearly five months, and Thomson not only took the Phils to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season, he now has them three wins away from the franchise’s third World Series victory. A big reason for the team’s success is its relationship with its players, best summed up by first baseman Rhys Hoskins, “He takes a moment and doesn’t make it so big. He makes us smile, he makes us laugh. It makes us remember why we chose to play this game in the first place.” The first pitch of Game 3 of the World Series takes place at 8:03 p.m. ET on Fox.
Which brings us to today’s quiz. A manager will win their first World Series trophy no matter who wins between the Phils and Houston Astros. With that in mind, how many managers from 21st Century World Series teams can you name in six minutes?