One of Mike Elias’ first moves as the Orioles’ new executive vice president and general manager will be to decide who the team’s field general of the future will be. Here are potential candidates to be the next Orioles manager.
Espada has been mentioned as a possibility for other managerial openings this offseason. Prior to being the Astros’ bench coach, he was the Miami Marlins’ third base coach and Yankees’ infield and third base coach, as well as special assistant to the Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman. Espada could be a serious candidate if Elias is looking to work with a familiar face.
Molitor was fired by the Minnesota Twins after a 78-win season that came one year after he was named American League Manager of the Year. The Orioles wouldn’t be alone pursuing him, and he won’t likely come cheap.
The current Boston Red Sox bench coach and former Milwaukee Brewers manager is a well-respected baseball man. If the Orioles are looking for a deep coaching resume, Roenicke might be their guy. He has 28 years of coaching experience, has big league managerial experience and will be pursued by other teams.
Having just split with the Los Angeles Angels after 19 years as manager, Scioscia knows his way around a major league clubhouse. He’s the most experienced option available, and if the Orioles are willing to spend big money on their next skipper, he might be the best choice to teach the club’s young core how to transition to the major league level.
Much like Scioscia, Baker is among the most experienced managers available, just one year removed from leading the Washington Nationals to 97 wins. But Baker has indicated he might be content no longer managing.
The former Houston Astros first base coach has dealt with health problems, and he’s 66, but there might not be a potential candidate with a deeper love for the Orioles organization than Dauer. He was interviewed for the managerial job before Buck Showalter was hired, but as recently as this year, he remained open to a reunion with the team he won a World Series title with as a player in 1983.
Bordick’s name was mentioned a few months ago as a potential future Orioles manager, and there is some credence to that possibility. The MASN analyst doesn’t have any managing experience, but he’s been an infield instructor with the club and he’s known as a good teacher of the game. He’s a fan favorite from his days as a player, and if the team is confident he can develop his voice as a dugout leader, he can be a favorite.
The former journeyman turned MLB Network analyst interviewed for the New York Mets job that went to Mickey Callaway, and he remains an intriguing name, especially after former broadcasters such as Alex Cora and Aaron Boone made successful transitions from the studios to the dugout. DeRosa is enthusiastic and could add energy to a young clubhouse.
Kendall has received organization-wide kudos for his work as manager at Double-A Bowie, and he’s skippered many of the young Orioles who could make up the future nucleus of the team. He would have to make an adjustment to the spotlight of the big league level, but he’s well-respected by those he’s managed.