6. John McDonald
John McDonald is a former Indian who came up with the Indians when Mark Shapiro was general manager of the club.
He also had a 14-year-old version of myself considering replacing Omar with him after seeing McDonald make magnificent plays at shortstop with the Akron Aeros back in 1998.
Missed on that projection, but McDonald eventually landed in Toronto where he had his best years. Overall, he played 14 MLB seasons.
Shapiro was near his move to Toronto when McDonald first joined the Indians as a special assistant in 2015. Then, his focus was on infield development.
He’s still with the Indians organization, working as a “defensive coordinator,” according to the Tribe Vibe blog.
McDonald’s working in the game, but like DeRosa, he lacked managerial experience.
How out-side-the-box are Shapiro and Atkins willing to go?
In theory, hiring McDonald would be welcomed in Toronto, as Blue Jays fans would be welcoming back one of their own.
Odds: It’s hard to say because he has no managerial experience. Would understand this hire more than DeRosa’s, though.