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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Eduardo Perez, MLB managers, MLB coaching staffs
Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Former major league player Eduardo Perez speaks to his ESPN colleagues prior to a wild card game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

31) Eduardo Pérez

Eduardo Pérez is the first of two people on our list that has not been on a MLB coaching staff in recent years but he is definitely a managerial candidate.

Pérez, 52, spent parts of 13 seasons in the majors and a season in Japan before his career ended after the 2006 season. Starting in the 2006 playoffs, Pérez joined ESPN as a baseball analyst through 2010. At the same time, Pérez managed in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 in the Puerto Rican Winter League and he was also a special assistant for the Cleveland Indians.

He was with ESPN and Cleveland when Miami hired him as their hitting coach in June 2011 and he was there through the 2012 season.

He joined Houston as their bench coach in 2013 before he resigned prior to the 2014 season to spend more time with his family. He rejoined ESPN for the 2014 season and he joined MLB Network Radio as an analyst in 2016. In 2022, he will be joining Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN along with Karl Ravech and former All-Star pitcher David Cone.

Pérez has had at least two managerial interviews in recent memory as the Mets interviewed him in the 2019-2020 offseason before hiring Luis Rojas and the Astros interviewed him before hiring Dusty Baker in the 2019-2020 offseason as well.