Managers with Oklahoma ties account for 10 percent of Major League field bosses this season.
Ron Gardenhire, from Okmulgee, has been Minnesota's manager for nine seasons, compiling a 866-755 record. He has led the Twins to six American League Central titles with only two losing seasons.
An active and aggressive manager, frequently engaging in arguments with umpires, Twins fans joke “Gardy” gets ejected more times in one season than Tom Kelly, his predecessor, did his entire career. Gardenhire has been ejected 57 times.
John Farrell, who pitched and coached at Oklahoma State, is in second season as manager in Toronto. The Blue Jays finished 81-81 in Farrell's debut season.
After leaving OSU, Farrell was Cleveland's director of player development for six years and Boston's pitching coach for five years before being hired in Toronto.
Robin Ventura, a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State, is an extremely rare example of a MLB team hiring someone who has never managed a game at any level. Laid back, even keeled, Ventura is the polar opposite of Ozzie Guillen, the Chicago White Sox's longtime manager he replaces.
A third baseman, Ventura played for four Major League teams, most notably the White Sox. A career .267 hitter, Ventura collected 1,885 hits, slugged 294 home runs, won six Gold Gloves and earned more than $67 million during a 14-year career.