From SABR member David Laurila at FanGraphs on February 3, 2016:
A number of current players will manage in the big leagues someday. Others would be highly capable, but — either by choice or circumstances — will never have an opportunity to become the next Bobby Cox or Earl Weaver.
Who are these prospective future managers? I asked that question to uniformed personnel over the course of the 2015 season, and their answers were a mix of predictable and unpredictable. A common theme was familiarity, as the vast majority cited players with whom they’ve shared a clubhouse.
A handful of recently retired players were mentioned. As they are also viable candidates, I included them in the responses.
Here is what 20 people I spoke to — a dozen veteran players and eight coaches or managers — had to say.
Originally published: February 3, 2016. Last Updated: February 3, 2016.