3. John McDonald
McDonald spent 16 years as a big leaugue infielder, and has transitioned into coaching in the Cleveland Indians organization. He spent two years as infield coordinator, but this year he added working with catchers and outfielders with the football-esque title of defensive coordinator for the Indians.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported McDonald as a candidate to be the Twins’ new manager after Molitor was let go, with team president Derek Falvey’s tie to the Indians’ organization firmly in mind. It’s unclear if he’s on the list of candidates in Minnesota, but the Orioles should have all avenues open in their search and a new general manager with an analytics bent could easily see McDonald as a good candidate.
There’s definitely some comfort in staying at Terry Francona’s side with a good group of coaches around him, and getting even better prepped for an eventual step into managing. But McDonald can’t be blamed for entertaining the possibilities that may be out there, and the Orioles have a chance to be one.