4. Jim Fregosi (1991 – 1996)
At first glance of Fregosi’s 431-463 record as Phillies manager, one may question his place on this list. The team finished third in 1991, sixth in 1992, fourth in 1994, third in 1995 and fifth in 1996. Fregosi makes this list for how he handled the 1993 team.
After many prognosticators saw a last place finish for the Phillies in 1993, Fregosi handled a bunch of throwback players such as Darren Daulton, Lenny Dykstra, John Kruk, Pete Incaviglia and Mitch Williams to 97 wins and the National League Championship.
One may argue that he overworked the bullpen, particularly set up men Larry Andersen, David West and closer Williams, leading to a World Series defeat to the Blue Jays.
Despite the disappointing end to the 1993 campaign, Fregosi deserves mention on this list.