The Top 100 coaches most likely to become MLB managers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants looks on from the dugout before his last game as Giants manager, the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Lloyd McClendon, Detroit Tigers, MLB managers, MLB coaching staffs
DETROIT, MI – MAY 16: Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon #20 of the Detroit Tigers looks on from the dugout during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park on May 16, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. The Indians defeated the Tigers 6-0. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

23) Lloyd McClendon

In 2022, Lloyd McClendon will have his second stint as the Triple-A manager for the Detroit Tigers as he managed the team in 2016.

McClendon, 63, spent parts of eight seasons in the majors as a player and retired after the 1995 season. He spent the 1996 season as a minor league hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates (the team he played for the most in the majors) and by 1997, he was their MLB hitting coach.

After Gene Lamont was fired by the Pirates after the 2000 season, McClendon, 63, became their manager. He was their manager until September 2005, when he was fired with about 3 1/2 weeks left in the season.

In 2006, he joined the coaching staff of his former manager, Jim Leyland, with Detroit and he was their bullpen coach for his first season. He was promoted to be the team’s hitting coach in 2007. He also served as Leyland’s de facto bench coach as well (and even managed a few games in his absence). He was with Detroit through the 2013 season, when he left to become the manager of the Seattle Mariners. He was their manager through 2015 and after he was fired, he returned to the Tigers.

In 2016, he was their manager at Triple-A Toledo before he became their hitting coach once again in 2017. He, then, became their bench coach for the 2020 season. When manager Ron Gardenhire retired with a few games left in the season, McClendon became the team’s acting manager.