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6 MLB Managerial Candidates Who Should Get a Shot at Their First Gig in 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the Houston Astros answers questions from the media ahead of the World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers will take on the Houston Astros in the World Series.  (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)
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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

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 29:  Matt Olson #28 of the Oakland Athletics is presented with his Rawlings 2018 Gold Glove Award by former Oakland Athletics gold glover Eric Chavez prior to the start of his game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on March 29, 2019 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Oakland Athletics | Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

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

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 31: (L-R) Manager Joe Maddon #70, Kris Bryant #17, and bench coach Mark Loretta #19 of the Chicago Cubs stand in their dugout during the first inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field on August 31, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs | Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

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

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Interim manager Rod Barajas #20 of the San Diego Padres comes onto the field before a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park September 21, 2019 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Arizona Diamondbacks v San Diego Padres | Denis Poroy/Getty Images

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

HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 03: Bench coach Joe Espada #19 hits balls during batting practice to infielders before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on August 03, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Seattle Mariners v Houston Astros | Bob Levey/Getty Images

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

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 10:  World Team manager Moises Alou (C) high fives Tyler O'Neill #4 after defeating the U.S. Team 11-3 in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at PETCO Park on July 10, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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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

HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 18:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the Houston Astros during batting practice before playing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on April 18, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros | Bob Levey/Getty Images

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.