MLB Manager Rankings: from Worst to Best

30. Mark Kotsay — Oakland Athletics

After seeing longtime manager Bob Melvin travel south to San Diego, the A’s were left to search for a manager for the first time since 2012. Oakland’s brass landed on former Athletic utility man Mark Kotsay, who played on the team for four seasons (’04-’07) during a lengthy 17-year career.

Kotsay has been put in the unenviable position of ushering in a new era of Oakland Athletic baseball. There is a severe lack of talent on this team. However, that does infer the front office will be a bit more lenient on Kotsay’s early results. Kotsay will have free reign to experiment with a team that is entering ’22 with zero expectations.

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29. Oliver Marmol — St. Louis Cardinals

With Mike Shildt given his walking papers, the Cardinals turned to a familiar face to fill their vacated managerial role. Oliver Marmol is a former Cardinals draft pick who was a member of the organization from ’07-’10. In ’17, the Cardinals named Marmol the team’s first base coach and he’s been working for the club ever since — most recently as the bench coach.

Marmol has some big shoes to fill in St. Louis. Shildt reached the postseason in all three seasons he coached the team, and was still fired following a 90-win campaign. If Marmol can’t get the job done, the Cardinals could be back in the market for a manager in just a few months.

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