Minnesota’s Managerial Candidates: External Candidates
Image courtesy of David Richard-USA TODAY SportsBrad Mills
Current Role: Indians bench coach
Qualifications: Mills spent eleven seasons managing in the minor league system of the Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers. He has deep ties to Terry Francona as he was his first base coach in Philadelphia and his bench coach with the Boston Red Sox. Mills was manager of the Astros from 2010-2012, which included two straight 100 loss seasons as the club looked to rebuild.
Sandy Alomar Jr
Current Role: Indians first-base coach
Qualifications: His coaching career started as the catching instructor for the New York Mets organization. He has been on the Indians staff since the 2010 season and served as the interim manager at the end of the 2012 campaign. He had been rumored to be in the running for previous managerial jobs in Toronto, Chicago, and Boston.
Current Role: Astros bench coach
Qualifications: Espada spent eight seasons managing and coaching in the Marlins organization. From there, he took a special assistant job with Brian Cashman, the Yankees GM. For two seasons, he was the Yankees infield coach and third base coach. In the last two World Baseball Classics, he has coached for the Puerto Rican team and he manages in the Puerto Rican winter league.
Current Role: Cubs bench coach
Qualifications: Hyde coached and managed in the Marlins organization for the better part of a decade. This included stints as the acting manager and the team’s MLB bench coach. He’s served as bench coach and first base coach under the last two Cubs managers, Rick Reneria and Joe Maddon. Last off-season, he was offered a job with the Mets but decided to stay with the Cubs.
Current Role: MLB Network studio analyst
Qualifications: Derosa retired from baseball in 2013 and accepted a studio analyst position with MLB Network. He has no professional coaching experience. The Star Tribune wrote of the club’s interest in him last weekend.
Current Role: ESPN baseball color analyst
Qualifications: He famously retired after the Cubs run to the 2016 World Series title. Since his retirement, he has appeared on shows like Dancing with the Stars and Saturday Night Live. He has also written a book and worked closely with charities in the Chicago area. He has no professional coaching experience. The Star Tribune wrote of the club’s interest in him last weekend.
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