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.

Ex-Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds rejoins Giants as adviser to CEO

Ichiro Suzuki #51 of the Miami Marlins and hitting coach Barry Bonds #25 of the Miami Marlins celebrate after the Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-4 at Marlins Park on September 24, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

Barry Bonds is back.

No, not with the Marlins or even in the coaching ranks. But the 52-year-old home run king is rejoining the San Francisco Giants as a special adviser to the CEO.

He will participate in various community and organizational events. He’ll share hitting tips with minor leaguers. He’ll be himself, not to mention be a member of the franchise for which he played 15 seasons, made 12 All-Star appearances, won five MVP awards and slugged 586 of 762 career home runs.

“I am excited to be back home with the Giants and join the team in an official capacity,” Bonds said in a team release. “San Francisco has always been my home, and the Giants will always be my family. I look forward to spending time with the team, young players in the system as well as the Bay Area community.”

Bonds spent the 2016 season as the Marlins hitting coach. Miami had the fourth-highest team batting average in the majors (.263), but finished just 27th in runs scored (655), 28th in RBI (626) and 29th in home runs (128).  All four categories actually improved from 2015, but Bonds was still relieved of his duties in October.