Skip to content

Who is “the best major-league managing prospect” in America?

Aug 30, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

mystery man

I don’t have a definitive answer to that, but Michael Arace of my hometown Columbus Dispatch says that it’s Mike Sarbaugh, manager of the Indians AAA team, the Columbus Clippers:

In eight seasons since Sarbaugh started managing, his teams have made the playoffs every year save one … Sarbaugh has won championships in the New York-Penn, Carolina, Eastern and International leagues … It is almost as if you can give Sarbaugh nine lawn chairs and they will contend.

Obviously winning in the minor leagues is a different deal than it is in the majors. Especially at AAA, where the team can be used as either a talent repository or a holding cell for AAAA players or both, depending on the whim of the organization.  But you gotta measure it somehow, and winning is not a bad starting point. Columbus has a 13-game lead in their division.

The only thing giving me pause: the last time a Clippers manager was touted as the next big major league managing prospect it was … Trey Hillman.

But at the very least you can get to know Mr. Sarbaugh if you aren’t already acquainted.

  1. danandcasey - Aug 30, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    His winning percentage as a manager at each level in the minors is > .500. However, it appears that his only major league playing experience is as a Pirate shortstop in the movie Major League II.

  2. Old Gator - Aug 30, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Wally Backman. Some day some team will figure that out and benefit hugely by it.

  3. holliswatson - Aug 30, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    I’m a La Russa guy, so I’m not in any hurry for the Cards to get a new skipper. But I’d love to see Terry Pendleton manning the dugout at Busch whenever TLR hangs ’em up.

  4. bleedgreen - Aug 30, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    Mickey Morandini clearly.

  5. natstowngreg - Aug 30, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Let us know if his name gets mentioned in the off-season Manager Musical Chairs game. If he gets mentioned, then we’ll know that one or more GMs think he’s MLB manager material.

  6. tacklemeelmo - Aug 30, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Matt Walbeck

  7. leftywildcat - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    Ryne Sandberg, anyone?

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Springer (2798)
  2. H. Ramirez (2765)
  3. G. Stanton (2749)
  4. M. Teixeira (2494)
  5. J. Baez (2484)
  1. S. Strasburg (2478)
  2. B. Crawford (2478)
  3. C. Correa (2411)
  4. H. Pence (2388)
  5. M. Sano (2191)