10 Current MLB Players Who Would Make Great Managers
An intriguing thought concerning Major League Baseball managers is considering a current player who could become a manager.
Though drastically less discussed, one could be a player-manager as well. This rare occurrence nearly happened last year when the Chicago White Sox considered its first baseman Paul Konerko.
Whoever the manager may be, he must be able to handle many different personalities, and these players seem to fit that criteria.
Chipper Jones is another player that comes to mind, but is left off the list since the former Atlanta Braves third baseman has officially retired.
Here are 10 current MLB players who would make great managers.
1. Paul Konerko
As previously mentioned, Paul Konerko was discussed as a candidate to become a player-manager.
White Sox GM Ken Williams considered hiring the team captain last offseason, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin.
Though he was not chosen, Konerko's valuable presence and baseball knowledge pegs the veteran as a future manager.
2. Derek Jeter
I can't imagine that this one needs too much explanation.
Derek Jeter is and forevermore will be Mr. November and Captain Clutch for the New York Yankees. He is the definition of a fan favorite, and he will not likely be rushed out of the clubhouse.
Though unfortunate, Jeter stated that he has "zero" interest in becoming a manager, according to Jeremy Lynn of CSNChicago.com.
Jeter could be a fantastic manager even if the likelihood of him leading a team is, well, zero.
3. Jim Thome
Jim Thome is a 22-year MLB veteran. Experience and knowledge? Check.
He has 612 home runs and a career .276 batting average. Effective at the plate? Yes.
Thome boasts a lifetime .988 fielding percentage. Solid in the field? Correct.
Any questions? Moving along.
4. Todd Helton
Todd Helton can slightly improve upon Thome's credentials with a batting title in 2000 and three Gold Gloves.
The 16-year veteran suffered the worst statistical season in his career before being shut down with an injury, but that's beyond the point.
Helton isn't afraid to speak his mind when necessary, and he is an experienced leader in the Rockies' clubhouse.
I vote future manager.
5. Michael Young
He doesn't say much, but he doesn't need to.
Michael Young lets his play on the field do the talking, and many of us could listen for days.
The 12-year veteran is a versatile player, as he has been used at every infield position throughout his career. Young holds a .989 career fielding percentage and also hits .301 in the plate.
Nothing in my mind disallows thoughts of Young being a potential manager.
6. Eric Chavez
Unlike his former teammate Jeter, Eric Chavez has significant interest in becoming a manager.
Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal reported that the veteran third baseman hopes to lead a club following retirement.
Chavez isn't the top-notch player he once was with the Oakland Athletics, but his knowledge of the game is invaluable. According to Barbarisi, Chavez has already started watching games through a managerial perspective.
Can't hurt to get a jump on his passion.
7. Buster Posey
Well, apparently MLB teams like former catchers.
Jim Leyland, Joe Girardi, Mike Matheny, Mike Redmond and Posey's manager, Bruce Bochy, were all lifers behind the plate.
Buster has handled adversity—a horrific injury—and called both of the Giants' World Series titles behind the plate.
Why not give Posey a chance in the future?
8. Neil Walker
Even though he's only played 415 games, Neil Walker is a fan favorite in Pittsburgh.
The hometown, homegrown second baseman carries himself well and holds himself accountable for the way he performs.
Walker also bears the weight of previously unsuccessful Pirates' teams, and he isn't fazed by the task, noted Sean Conboy of pittsburghmagazine.com.
At this point, Pittsburgh seems to be a great fit for Walker in the future.
9. Michael Cuddyer
While Jeter may be the definition of a fan favorite, Michael Cuddyer is found in the dictionary under "utility."
Throughout his career, he has played seven positions—including a single inning as a pitcher in 2011,noted MLB.com's Louie Horvath.
Cuddyer would bring knowledge of nearly every defensive position and solid plate awareness to his team. He could be given a well-deserved opportunity soon after retirement.
10. Mark DeRosa
Right alongside of Cuddyer in terms of versatility is journeyman Mark DeRosa. The 15-year major leaguer has spent time at six different positions on seven different clubs.
He is the typical "do what you're told" type of player. Where there was a need, DeRosa filled it.
Being that type of player is an undeniably spectacular trait, and it could bode well for him if he is considered to be a manager in the not-so-distant future.
Did you have someone else in mind? I'd love to hear your thoughts. Let me know what you think in the comments section below.
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