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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Darren Bush, Oakland A's, MLB coaching staffs, MLB managers
Jul 18, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics hitting coach Darren Bush (51) talks to third baseman Matt Chapman (26) during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /

39) Darren Bush

In 2022, Darren Bush will be the new third base coach for the Oakland A’s after he was their hitting coach for the last seven seasons.

Bush, 48, joined the A’s coaching staff in 2013 as their bullpen coach. He spent two seasons as the bullpen coach before he was promoted to hitting coach. 2022 will be Bush’s 18th season in the A’s organization as prior to 2013, he was a minor league coach and manager.

Bush joined Oakland in 2005 as their hitting coach at Advanced-A. After two seasons, he was promoted to be their manager at Advanced-A. He managed two seasons each at Advanced-A, Double-A, and Triple-A up until his promotion to the MLB coaching staff. In his eight seasons of managing, he had a .544 winning percentage, which is equivalent to an 88-74 team in a 162-game schedule.

The A’s interviewed Bush for their managerial opening before hiring Kotsay so other teams could be interested in him as well.

40) Marcus Jensen

Marcus Jensen is another managerial candidate on Oakland’s coaching staff.

Jensen, 49, has been on Oakland’s coaching staff since the 2015 season. Initially, he was the team’s assistant hitting coach and catching coach but he was promoted to bullpen coach for the 2018 season and has been there since.

Before joining the A’s MLB coaching staff, Jensen was a player, as he spent parts of seven seasons in the majors as a backup catcher. He also played in independent ball through 2006 and after he stopped playing, he immediately joined the A’s organization for the 2007 season.

He was their hitting coach at their Arizona Rookie League for two seasons before becoming their manager for five seasons. In 2013 (his final season managing), he was also the A’s minor league roving catching instructor. In 2014, he became a roving minor league hitting instructor before his promotion to the majors.

When the A’s hired Mark Kotsay this offseason, Jensen was also interviewed for the position as well so the A’s view him as a managerial candidate.