There are 23 men enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame as managers. Five of those men have a direct connection to Kansas City. Casey Stengel was born in Kansas City. Dick Williams, Tommy Lasorda, Whitey Herzog, and Tony LaRussa all played for the Kansas City Athletics. Those Athletics didn’t win many games, but they did turn out a high percentage of Hall of Fame managers. Maybe losing builds the character that produces outstanding managers? If that’s the case, we should see a bunch of excellent managers materialize out of the 1995-2012 Kansas City Royals.