Just something I've been talking over with a buddy. I understand that every person in the world is different, and personality is huge in whether someone is the right fit for the job over someone else, but in general who would you hire.
Manager of a baseball team? Catcher, other position player or pitcher?
With the success of Matheny and now Redmond likely to get the job in Miami I don't think I'm the only one who would lean toward a catcher. I just feel the catcher has to see the big picture more than any other player on the field, and learns to see it on every pitch.
there have been numerous managers that have been former catchers. but I don't think that means all or even most former catchers would make good baseball managers.
Terry Francona wasn't a catcher. he wasn't even really that good as a baseball player.
I think it depends what team you go to. I don't think it's going to take a great manager to be successful with the Yankees. you could also take a really good manager and put him on a team that consistently loses like Pittsburgh or Kansas City and that doesn't mean he will have success there.
It really depends on the player. Some players are students of the game and others could care less. There are plenty of ex-catchers I wouldn't want as a manager and plenty of LF who would do a good job.
Catchers work more closely with the managers than any other position. They are more in tune with the pitch to pitch, situation by situation strategics of the game. They basically spend the playing careers being groomed to potentially become managers. They are logical choices.
A couple of former catchers that I always though would make solid big league managers are Brad Ausmus & Jason Veritek.