No. 1: Wait for the Giants or Padres job
If Schumaker really is content with his role in St. Louis, he would be wise to stay in St. Louis for the foreseeable future until one of the contenders in California have a job open up.
The San Francisco Giants won 107 games in 2021, but have been a major disappointment this year, with just 79 wins and third in the NL West. Kapler will get another year as the manager, but could find himself on the hot seat him the season goes poorly. The Giants have deep pockets, a great front office, and terrific farm system, making them an attractive job for anyone in baseball.
The San Diego Padres have underperformed in 2022, and with the clear chemistry issues after Fernando Tatis Jr’s PED suspension, may find themselves having more issues in 2023. With such high expectations on the club, any future struggles will surely put even Bob Melvin on the hot seat. With Schumaker’s prior experience with the club, he would already have relationships with key players.
Schumaker may not seem like the top candidate for these jobs, but if he continues to build a name for himself as a key leader in the St. Louis clubhouse, teams will have to seriously consider him for any managerial job that comes up. Schumaker should wait and at least give himself a shot for one of these jobs, as other jobs will always be available.