Marlins’ Mattingly named second-best player among current managers

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly stretches out in the dugout before the start of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

The Marlins might want to consider petitioning MLB to add managers to the active roster.

According to Fox Sports, Miami skipper Don Mattingly had the second-best playing career of all 30 active managers.

“A back injury abbreviated what looked to be a surefire Hall of Fame career for the Yankees first baseman, who retired after 14 seasons as a nine-time Gold Glover winner and six-time All-Star who claimed the ’85 AL MVP Award and the AL batting title in ’84,” Brett Smiley wrote. “Donnie Baseball’s career slash line is a superb .307/.358/.471.”

Mattingly’s career .307 batting average trails only three of the current Marlins with at least 20 at bats. He had three seasons with 30-plus home runs—in a row, no less—a mark no Marlin has cleared since Giancarlo Stanton launched 37 in 2014.

So, which manager actually ranked above Mattingly? Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins, the only Hall of Famer currently managing in the big leagues. Molitor made seven All-Star teams and won the 1993 World Series MVP award with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Dusty Baker (Washington Nationals), Brad Ausmus (Detroit Tigers) and Bud Black (Colorado Rockies) rounded out the top five, in that order. Joe Maddon (Chicago Cubs) brought up the rear with a career that stalled at the Class A+ level.

The Marlins were also linked to two other entries on the list. Craig Counsell (Milwaukee Brewers) was a member of the 1997 world champions. Rick Renteria (Chicago White Sox) played on the inaugural team in 1993. The two ranked ninth and 21st, respectively.