The number of manager vacancies is piling up, including the Orioles, who decided not to bring back in Buck Showalter in 2019 after the team went 47-115.So who is the replacement for Showalter?
There’s the older generation of successful managers that includes Brad Ausmus, who last managed in Detroit; Joe Girardi, who won with the Marlins and Yankees; and John Farrell, who had success in Boston before he was let go by the Red Sox in 2017 after losing the American League Division Series to Houston. Paul Molitor, who was fired by the Twins this week, doesn’t want to move to the front office, so he’ll be looking for a job either as a manager or coach.
All are candidates, and here is a list of possible replacements that the Orioles might interview:
Sandy Alomar Jr.: A former catcher who comes from a baseball family, Alomar is the first base coach for manager Terry Francona for Cleveland. Alomar is a strong blend of traditional knowledge and analytics. He is an excellent communicator and his experience has a championship player is a plus. He’s been interviewed for manager’s jobs in Cleveland, Toronto, Boston and the Cubs.
Chris Woodward: Woodward is the third base coach for the Dodgers, and if the Orioles want to pick someone from a winning tradition, Woodward would be a strong candidate, given that he’s worked for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Joe Espada: The Red Sox hired former Astros coach Alex Cora and look where they are. Espada is the bench coach for manager AJ Hinch with the Astros. Espada has experience coaching for Girardi with the Yankees and has been a third base coach with the Marlins.
Jose Oquendo: He is Mr. Cardinal and his experience as a player, coach and minor league manager means he more than qualified to be a manager.
Mark McGwire: The former power hitter for Oakland and St. Louis has been either a hitting coach or bench coach since 2010. He’s a hard worker, has great knowledge and is an excellent communicator with young and experienced players. He’s been the bench coach for Padres manager Andy Green since 2016.
Kevin Long: The Nationals hitting coach has always been a manager candidate and finished second to Mickey Callaway when he was hired by the Mets a year ago.
Mark DeRosa: The former infielder is best known as a broadcaster, but he’s a new age manager who understands analytics. He was a candidate to manage the Marlins before they hired Don Mattingly.
Gary DiSarcina: The former Angels infielder is the Mets bench coach, a job he also held with the Red Sox. He’s been a coach for Mike Scioscia with the Angels and has experience in the front office. He’s also interviewed for managing jobs in Seattle and Philadelphia.