We've already seen one manager get fired before the 2019 season even ended, and we're very close to the floodgates opening once the regular season concludes on Sunday. There are several veteran skippers who have a great shot of getting back in the dugout, but we've seen a trend in recent years of teams going younger to get a more inexperienced, and moldable, candidate.
So, here are six MLB managerial candidates who should get a shot at their first gig in 2020.
6. Eric Chavez
Eric Chavez's name has been floated around as a future manager for a few years now, and he does have some managing experience at the minor league level, spending some time as the Los Angeles Angels' skipper at the Triple-A level last year. He's also dabbled in the Angels front office, and because of his stellar reputation as a player, it makes sense for him to get a shot.
5. Mark Loretta
Former All-Star Mark Loretta is currently a bench coach for the Chicago Cubs. Before that, Loretta spent nine years as a special assistant in the Padres front office. That should help him if he's interviewed for San Diego's vacancy, and the fact that he didn't completely walk away from the game when he retired is a plus.
4. Rod Barajas
Former big league catcher Rod Barajas entered this year as the San Diego Padres bench coach, and now, after Andy Green's firing, he's the interim skipper. Whether that means he's the front-runner for the long term position remains to be seen, but he's been with the organization for years now, as he managed San Diego's Triple-A squad for three seasons.
3. Joe Espada
Talk about a person who has paid his dues. Joe Espada has experience in scouting and working in a front office, as well as serving in various coaching roles with several teams. He's currently a bench coach for the Astros, and with his ability to relate with younger players, he should have a great chance of becoming a big league manager.
2. Moises Alou
Moises Alou is a special assistant for the Padres, and is considered one of the front-runners for the job. On top of that, Alou has had a lot of success being a GM down in the Dominican Winter League, including with the WBC team. He's been a candidate before, so whether it's in San Diego or somewhere else, Alou deserves a shot.
1. Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran has been pretty open about wanting to become a manager some day, and he almost got the Yankee job a few years back. Beltran is highly-respected throughout the game, and his knowledge is through the roof, with many Yankees players (and Alex Cora) crediting his subtle adjustments. It's only a matter of time until he's back in the dugout, this time as a manager.