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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Vance Wilson, Kansas City Royals, MLB coaching staffs, MLB managers
May 31, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Umpire Joe West (22) talks with Kansas City Royals third base coach Vance Wilson (25) during the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

27) Vance Wilson

Vance Wilson is currently the third base coach for the Kansas City Royals.

Wilson, 48, was a backup catcher in the majors for parts of eight seasons with the New York Mets and Detroit Tigers. After he suffered injuries in 2007 and 2008, he signed with the Royals on a minor league deal but never got back to the majors and retired before the start of the 2010 season.

He became a minor league manager for the Royals in 2011 and he was in the minors with them through 2017. He had one season at Single-A, two seasons at Advanced-A, and four seasons at Double-A before the Royals promoted him to their MLB staff. He was their bullpen coach for two seasons before they promoted him again before the 2020 season as their third base coach.

Before the Royals hired Mike Matheny as their manager, they interviewed Wilson for the position so other teams could view him as a managerial candidate as well.

28) Dale Sveum

Dale Sveum was a special assignment scout for the Royals in 2021, which may sound like a job that would not be qualifying for an MLB manager but Sveum is still fairly young and has been there and done that as far as being a manager.

Before he became a special assignment scout for the Royals in 2020, Sveum, 58, was the Royals third base (March-May 2014), hitting coach (May 2014-2017, and bench coach (2018-2019) under Ned Yost. Prior to joining the Royals, he was the manager of the Chicago Cubs in 2012 and 2013.

Prior to the Cubs, he was with Milwaukee (the team he primarily played for in his 12-year MLB career) as third base coach (2006, 2008), bench coach (2007), hitting coach (2009-2011), and interim manager (2008).

He also was the Red Sox third base coach in 2004 and 2005 after he managed three seasons for the Pirates at the Double-A level.