2017-2018 Managerial Candidates

With firings already taking place, the playoffs progressing, and the hiring season almost upon us, I will be attempting to compile a list of potential managerial candidates. I will also include some nuggets of information that I have been able to compile about each individual. If names arise that I may have missed, feel free to contact me via twitter: @AV_MLBSweetSpot. Names are in no particular order.

KNOWN ENTITIES

Ron Gardenhire

  • Managed Minnesota Twins for 13 years (1068-1039 record)
  • Supposedly not a “master in-game tactician.”
  • Employs a traditional managerial style.

Mike Redmond

  • Retired from MLB playing career in 2010.
  • Manager of Miami Marlins from 2013-2015 (155-207 record)
  • Currently bench coach for the Colorado Rockies.

Fredi Gonzalez

  • Veteran manager who first managed with Florida/Miami Marlins from 2007 through 2010 (276-279 record).
  • Worked with many young players as manager of Atlanta Braves from 2011-2016, and was generally well-liked for how he developed those players (434-413 record).
  • Like Gardenhire, supposedly not a master in-game tactician.
  • Currently the Third Base coach for Miami Marlins.

Chip Hale

  • Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015 and 2016.
  • Has been endorsed by Tony LaRussa, with LaRussa stating that Hale is “an intelligent guy and he’s a competitive guy.”
  • Currently the Third Base coach for the Oakland Athletics.

John Farrell

  • Total bias here, but he sucks. May the lord have mercy on whichever team hires him.
  • Terrible in-game manager who overthinks every decision.
  • Somehow a terrible clubhouse manager despite always taking his players’ sides and failing to account for his teams’ mistakes.
  • Talks like a robot who is attempting to put together sentences with the use of a Thesaurus.
  • He does have a World Series win on his resume (2013), though that veteran-savy team road the backs of David Ortiz and Jon Lester and won in spite of Farrell, not because of him.
  • For a positive take on Farrell’s resume, feel free to read Nick Carfardo’s story for the Boston Globe.

VETERAN COACHES

Tim Bogar (my pick for Red Sox opening)

  • Spent five years as a manager in the Minor leagues, winning multiple Manager of the Year awards.
  • Has experience coaching under both Joe Maddon (2008) and Terry Francona (2008-11)
  • Was respected by players during his time with the Boston Red Sox.
  • Seems willing to incorporate sabermetrics into his decision-making process.
  • Served one season as bench coach on Bobby Valentine’s staff in 2012, however he was one of several veteran coaches on the Sox staff who had managed under Francona that Valentine did not get along with.
  • Interim Manager for Texas Rangers in 2014 after resignation of Ron Washington (14-8 record).
  • Spent time as special assistant to GM Jerry DiPoto with Los Angeles Angels in 2015.
  • When DiPoto moved to Seattle FO in 2016, Bogar went with him.
  • Spent 2016 and 2017 as bench coach for Seattle Mariners

Kevin Long

  • Former professional ballplayer who spent 8 seasons in the Kansas City Royals’ system.
  • Former hitting coach for the New York Yankees (2007-14).
  • Current hitting coach for the New York Mets.

Phil Nevin

  • Former professional ballplayer with 7 different clubs (1995-2006).
  • Four years of minor league managerial experience with Tigers and three years with Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • Spent 2017 as San Francisco Giants’ third base coach.

Charlie Montoyo

  • Has a good, lengthy track record and the ability to manage/develop young players.
  • Lengthy career as a minor league coach (all in Rays’ system) includes two titles and three runner-ups in the last decade.
  • Currently the third base coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Joe McEwing

  • Had a lengthy career as a bench player in the MLB.
  • Supposedly was known as a supportive teammate with high energy.
  • Long-considered a managerial prospect.
  • Spent five seasons as the third base coach for the Chicago White Sox.
  • Promoted to bench coach for 2017 season in Chicago.

Stubby Clapp III (Name would make him instantly popular!)

  • Spent three years as a coach with the Houston Astros organization (2010-12), leading some to believe that maybe he possesses some of that clubs forward-thinking mindset.
  • Besides time with the Astros, has significant other minor league coaching experience with the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Currently the Triple-A Manager for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Dave Martinez

  • Played with 9 teams over a 16-year major league career.
  • One of the most well-known coaching prospects around the league due to his background and experience.
  • Has been around organizations individuals that employ advanced concepts.
  • Has been the bench coach under Joe Maddon for 10 years, dating back to Maddon’s time with the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • Currently the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs.

Gary DiSarcina

  • 11 year MLB playing career as a shortstop (1989-2000), all with the Anaheim Angels.
  • Minor league manager for the Boston Red Sox Single-A Lowell Spinners from 2007 through 2009.
  • Returned to Angels as an assistant to GM from 2011-12.
  • Returned to Red Sox in 2013 as manager for Triple-A affiliate (minor league manager of the year).
  • Again returned to the Angels in 2014 as third base/first base coach through the 2016 season.
  • Spent 2017 as the bench coach of the Boston Red Sox under John Farrell.

Ruben Amaro Jr.

  • Had an 8-year MLB career with the Angels, Phillies, and Indians.
  • Joined Philadelphia front office in 1998 as an assistant GM, immediately after retiring from his playing career. He remained in that role for 10 years.
  • Promoted to GM of the Philadelphia Phillies after the team’s 2008 World Series season (2009-2015)
  • Has been vocal in his desire to someday become an MLB manager.
  • Spent 2017 as the First Base coach for the Boston Red Sox.

NEW-AGE MANAGERS

Brad Ausmus

  • Long-time MLB catcher with six different clubs.
  • Manager of the Detroit Tigers from 2014 through 2017 seasons (314-332 record).
  • At time of hire, was supposed to be an up-and-coming progressive MLB manager.
  • Let go by Tigers at end of 2017 season, amid concerns with clubhouse chemistry between clashing veteran personalities. Ausmus is said to be an easy-going clubhouse manager, allowing his players to do as they please, so to speak.

Jason Varitek (likely only an option for the Red Sox)

  • Catcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1997 through 2011, winning two World Series championships with the team.
  • Has remained around the Red Sox as a Special Assistant since end of 2012 season, spending significant time in the dugout among the players.
  • Likely to manage at some point, but management style is currently unknown.

Alex Cora

  • Finished a 13-year MLB career as a utility infielder in 2011 with the Washington Nationals.
  • Hailed for his progressive coaching approach and said to have a high baseball IQ.
  • Supposedly tabbed by teammates as a future manager while still playing in 2009-2010 with New York Mets.
  • Worked as an ESPN color analyst from 2013 through 2016.
  • Cora is the is the General Manager of the Puerto Rico national baseball team.
  • Spent 2017 as the bench coach for the Houston Astros under AJ Hinch.

Gabe Kapler

  • Played 12 professional baseball seasons between the Majors and Japan from 1998 through 2010.
  • Managed Boston’s Single-A affiliate for one season after retirement.
  • Said to be tight with Los Angeles Dodgers’ Director , and was one of the favorites to become the team’s new manager after Don Mattingly was
  • Said to be young and progressive with an eye towards analytics and supposedly efficient in-game management.
  • Currently the Director of Player Development with the Dodgers, a position he has held since November, 2014.

David Ross

  • Spent 14 years in the MLB as a catcher, winning two World Series championships in that time (2013 with the Red Sox and 2016 with the Cubs).
  • Known as a great clubhouse guy during his playing days and considered a great communicator.
  • Spent 2017 as a baseball color analyst for ESPN.

 

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