Top Candidates on the list of Future MLB General Managers

Author: Sonali


Who you think can be the next MLB manager? And, when it is about the end of the regular MLB season, it will mean the beginning of the phase when hiring for some key position will occur. Per the latest update available, the general manager position for Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles is available. Apart from that the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox are also on the list with the vacancies of general manager available. Other teams are also going to follow soon.

The general manager has to play a very important role through every part of the game funnel from beginning to the end. Earlier, managers had to play a big role and he was considered as the boss of the team but that is not the case in the present-day scenario. The manager now is answerable to the GM who also decides which players are going to be a part of the game. GM is a crucial position for the entire team. 

Here we have created a list of probable candidates for the GM position for the winter & the upcoming seasons. Let's take a look at this list:

  1. Jared Porter

Jared Porter has worked with two of the top-notch teams -- the Red Sox & the Cubs. While he was working with the Red Sox, he came to know about Arizona GM Mike Hazen. Porter, the Diamondbacks executive definitely deserves a mention in this list for the different roles he had taken care of in the development & scouting departments.  Porter as D-backs Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager has assisted general manager Mike Hazen in almost every aspect throughout the game. Porter became the part of the D-backs after he had already served two seasons with the Chicago Cubs where he served as Director of Professional Scouting/Special Assistant. 

  1. Amiel Sawdaye

Amiel Sawdaye is another member from Arizona who has worked as the executive for the team and he finds a special place in this list of probable general managers for different teams. Sawdaye has worked for Hazen in Boston. To his name, he has got three World Series rings and has done heavy scouting. 

  1. Billy Owens’

Billy Owens’ had spent 12 seasons as director of player personnel after which he was promoted to assistant general manager/director of player personnel. Owens had always taken care of his responsibility that included evaluating amateur scouting and providing recommendations for free agents & potential trades. Before this, Owens’ had also spent five years of his career in the A's minor league system as a hitting coach. Along with the responsibilities of coaching, he has also taken up the scouting responsibilities in the most perfect way. Owens’ initially worked as an area scout and later in 2003 became East Coast, Scouting Coordinator.

  1. Dan Kantrovitz

Kantrovitz was hired by the Cubs only last offseason as a part of the team's strategy to fit in the technological advancements in the process of assembling more productive amateur drafts. Kantrovitz has had an excellent approach both with the traditional & the advanced scouting approaches. During the 16 seasons that he was associated with the Cardinals and Athletics, Kantrovitz used the method of statistical analysis to evaluate players throughout all the levels of the game. At the age of 40, Cubs’ hired Kantrovitz so that he can modernize the team. It is worth mentioning here that Kantrovitz started his career as a baseball player and his career ended only after a shoulder injury, but that gave way to his career. 

  1. Dana Brown

Dana Brown who is one of the names in this list started as the vice president, scouting for the Atlanta Braves. Brown joined the organization after working for the Toronto Blue Jays where he had worked for nine seasons as the special assistant to the general manager. Dana Brown had a stupendous track record of identifying the best talents out of the bucket. Brown became a part of the Blue Jays before the 2010 season and he is counted among one of the top executives who has contributed tremendously through a pair of postseasons. 

From 2002-09, Brown for the eight seasons served as the Expos/Nationals scouting director. During his eight seasons at the Expos/Nationals, Brown drafted more than 40 major league players. These players Brown drafted included seven All-Stars. It was in 1994 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Brown began his scouting career. With Pirates, he worked as an East Coast scouting coordinator & an area supervisor. Before he joined the Expos, Brown worked for eight seasons with Pirates.


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