Skip Schumaker is already taking interviews for managerial positions, and is now a leading candidate for the Miami Marlins.
A few weeks ago, I speculated different jobs that Skip Schumaker would be a fit for this winter since his name was going to be a hot commodity in the industry. According to insider Jon Morosi, new St. Louis Cardinals bench coach is a top candidate for the Miami Marlins managerial position.
Schumaker will be an Major League manager one day, there is no question about that. He was an early candidate for the Cardinals position before coming over as a bench coach, and it’s a matter of when, not if, he leads another club. It does come as a bit of a surprise though that he would be interested in the Marlins position.
Do not get me wrong, being considered to manage a Major League club, especially when you’ve never had the opportunity, is a big deal, but when you carry the potential and pedigree that Schumaker has around baseball, you would think he may want to wait for a different job to open up.
The Marlins finished 69-93 in 2022, 32 games out of first place in the NL East and 18 games back from the third Wild Card spot. The Marlins need a lot of work, and play in one of the most competitive divisions in all of baseball. Both the Braves and the Mets won over 100 games this year and look to be powerhouses for years to come, and the Phillies are currently in the National League Championship Series.
The Marlins have a good farm system and have some great young talent, especially on the pitching side. It’s just hard to see this job being the most appealing around, but maybe Schumaker sees otherwise.
We’ll keep tabs on this over the coming days and weeks. Cardinals fans will celebrate Schumaker whenever he decides to take a managerial role, but it would be nice to have him around one more year.