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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Chris Denorfia, Colorado Rockies, MLB coaching staffs, MLB managers
Feb 23, 2017; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies outfielder Chris Denorfia (15) poses for photos during photo day at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports /

85) Chris Denorfia

Chris Denorfia is the Double-A manager for the Colorado Rockies but he has some MLB coaching experience and a long career in the majors.

Denorfia, 41, spent parts of 10 seasons in the majors, playing with the Padres, A’s, Rays, Mariners, and Cubs as late as 2015. However, he continued to play in the minors through the 2017 season and he ended his career in Triple-A with Colorado.

Denorfia retired and immediately became a special assistant for the Cubs, the final team he played for in the majors. In 2019, Denorfia moved back down to the field dugout. He was the quality assurance coach for the Cubs in Joe Maddon’s final season on the North Side. For the Cubs and most teams, their quality assurance (or quality control) coach is the person that conveys the analytics from the front office to the coaching staff and players and that’s what Denorfia did.

Denorfia left the Cubs, as did Maddon and most of his coaching staff after 2019 and Denorfia joined Colorado. He was slated to be their Double-A manager in 2020 before the pandemic canceled the minor league season.

He was their Double-A manager in 2021 and will be again in 2022.