1. Sandy Alomar Jr.
Sandy Alomar Jr.’s name seemingly comes up every year there’s mention of a managerial job, and quite frankly, it’s surprising he’s never been given a shot.
He comes from long baseball roots, played catcher and has lots of experience coaching first base and serving as bench coach. Plus, Alomar even served as the interim skipper following the Tribe’s dismissal of Manny Acta during the 2012 season.
Alomar finished out the year and probably would’ve got the Tribe job had Terry Francona not wanted it so badly.
With hefty credentials that included breaking Boston’s Curse of the Bamibino, Francona was hired, Alomar was kept on staff and the Indians made to the World Series in 2016.
Again, Alomar seems like the next logical choice to manage the Indians.
Cleveland loves Tito, but he’s battled health problems and it’s unknown how long he’ll want the gig.
Alomar has ties to Toronto, with former Tribe brass Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins now running the show north of the border.
Shapiro was here when Alomar was a player and was the GM when Sandy joined the coaching staff.
Odds: Shapiro was ready to make him manager of the Indians. I worry the Indians are going to miss out on Alomar someday taking his rightful place as the Tribe’s manager.