Major League Baseball is in the middle of its first work stoppage in 26 years. The owner-imposed lockout means that MLB players cannot be signed or traded, but baseball has still seen some changes on the coaching front. The New York Mets and Oakland Athletics both hired managers in December, becoming the last two teams to fill managerial vacancies. The Mets hired veteran Buck Showalter, while the A's turned to first-time manager Mark Kotsay.
The Padres and Cardinals also made manager changes this season. St. Louis brought in Oliver Marmol after firing Mike Shildt despite a run to the Wild Card Game. The Padres added Bob Melvin from Oakland, creating the vacancy for the A's.
Here's a closer look at the offseason manager carousel.
MLB managerial changes
|Buck Showalter||Hired||Mets owner Steven Cohen announced on his Twitter account that the team had chosen Buck Showalter to be its new skipper, more than two months after firing Luis Rojas.|
|Bob Melvin||Hired||The Padres have hired Bob Melvin away from the Athletics. Melvin was still under contract and the A's had to grant San Diego permission to interview him. The Padres fired Jayce Tingler following their disappointing season.|
|Oliver Marmol||Hired||Oliver Marmol, 35, became MLB's youngest manager when St. Louis hired him on Oct. 25 . Marmol served as a bench coach under Mike Shildt in 2021. The Cardinals surprisingly fired Shildt on Oct. 14 after he guided them to three consecutive postseason appearances.|
|Mark Kotsay||Hired||The A's have hired former player Mark Kotsay to replace Bob Melvin. Kotsay, 46, is a former player who wrapped up his 17-year big-league career in 2013. Kotsay does not have MLB managing experience, but he was on Melvin's staff in Oakland since 2016.|