August 01, 2007
SI Players MLB Poll
[Based on a survey of 464 MLB players]
Which big league coach should be a manager?
Joey Cora, White Sox (bench).....5%
Don Mattingly, Yankees (bench).....4%
Tony Peña, Yankees (first base).....4%
Kirk Gibson, Dbacks (bench).....3%
Larry Bowa, Yankees (third base).....3%
Brad Mills, Red Sox (bench).....3%
Rudy Jaramillo, Rangers (hitting).....3%
Jamie Quirk, Rockies (bench).....3%
Jerry Manuel, Mets (bench).....2%
Ernie Whitt, Blue Jays (bench).....2%
FAST FACTS: Players could not vote for a coach on their own team.... Yankees manager Joe Torre's contract ends after this season.... The Rangers' Rudy Jaramillo (seventh, 2.6%) was the only hitting coach to draw more than 1% of the vote... The Orioles' Leo Mazzone (11th, 2.3%) finished highest among the four pitching coaches who received multiple votes.... Seven of the top 10 vote-getters are bench coaches.

Photograph by Nam Y. Huh/AP

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