When the Detroit Tigers hired Brad Ausmus to be their 37th manager, it made him the 11th current manager to have been a former catcher during his playing career.
The other catchers are as follows:
Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals
Joe Girardi, New York Yankees
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays (he was a minor league catcher before coaching)
John Gibbons, Toronto Blue Jays
Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals
Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics
Fredi González, Atlanta Braves (minor league catcher)
Mike Redmond, Miami Marlins
Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants.
What is it about catchers that are able to translate well into a manager?
“Having Molina in the field is like having another manager, another pitching coach, a great teammate and a veteran that took over the game,” TBS studio analyst Pedro Martinez said about Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina during The Postseason Show on TBS following NLCS Game 2. “It’s not just brining offense to the game, it’s guiding those [younger players] to what they should be doing. No doubt, Michael Wacha has the stuff, but what Molina does is incredible. During the tough situation with [Yasiel] Puig, he makes sure he comes over and takes it upon himself to guide Wacha over what he has to do. Now Michael Wacha, full of confidence, goes out there and blows a fastball by Puig and gets out of the inning.”
Martinez’ comments alone says it all when it comes to catchers that become managers.