The Miami Marlins replaced a former shortstop with a former catcher as the team’s new manager. It is not exactly an original concept, but it is certainly a trendy one, at least as of late. Many MLB teams are finding out that former catchers can make great managers. The Marlins are hoping so, having hired Mike Redmond to replace Ozzie Guillen as the their new skipper.
Redmond is the latest of many former catchers who become big league managers. While some have had more successful playing careers than others, there is no doubt that many teams favor players who called a good game over ones who simply played the field.
Take a look at some of the former catchers who are currently managing in MLB, and you will see where this is heading.
Look at the 2012 World Series. Both Jim Leyland and Bruce Bochy were catchers during their playing days. Look back one round to the League Championship Series that also included Joe Girardi and Mike Matheny. They were also both big league catchers.
So was Fredi Gonzalez, Mike Scioscia and Joe Maddon. The Marlins hiring a former catcher in Redmond is hardly new, although it does seem that way, as it happens far more frequently. Especially with players who are not all that far removed from their days behind the plate.
The trend is also not going to end any time soon.
The Boston Red Sox are grooming Jason Varitek as a possible manager down the line. Brad Ausmus is not all that far off from getting his first crack in the big leagues either. Neither is Sandy Alomar Jr. It would also not surprise me to one day see other former catchers such as Mike Piazza, Pudge Rodriguez and Jorge Posada manage a team one day, as well as seeing former catching managers get a second crack, including Tony Pena and A.J. Hinch.
Catchers have been turned into managers for quite some time now. It is nothing new. It is just happening far more frequently.
That does not seem as if it will change going forward.
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