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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John Farrell, Boston Red Sox, MLB managers
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4) John Farrell

It has been a few years since John Farrell has had a job on an MLB coaching staff or as a manager but since he last managed, he has shown interest in managing again and other teams have as well.

Farrell, 59, spent eight seasons in the majors as a pitcher but he had two more seasons completely wiped out due to injury. He retired after the 1996 season and he immediately joined the coaching staff at Oklahoma State University (his alma mater) as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

He left them for the Cleveland Indians (the main team he pitched for) to become their director of player development from 2001 through 2006. He decided to go back to coaching in 2007 when he left the Red Sox to join Terry Francona’s staff as his pitching coach for the eventual 2007 World Champions. Francona and Farrell were teammates in Cleveland in the late 80s.

He was their pitching coach for four years until he became the manager of the Blue Jays in 2011. After the 2012 season, Farrell interviewed with the Red Sox to become their manager after they fired Bobby Valentine and he did go there so the Blue Jays actually traded him to Boston along with pitcher David Carpenter for infielder Mike Aviles.

He won the World Series again with the Red Sox in 2013 and he was their manager through the 2017 season until they fired him.

Farrell then joined the Cincinnati Reds as a scout in 2018.

Since 2018, Farrell interviewed for the managerial opening with the Nationals in the 2017-2018 offseason, the Reds in the 2018-2019 offseason, and the Angels in the 2019-2020 offseason.