Originally Posted by rotnoid
That's an interesting philosophy. I've always heard it said, Bob Boone notwithstanding, that catchers make the best coaches. I don't have any data to back it up, but in my experience, they usually have at least near the most baseball knowledge on the field. Antecdotal evidence for sure, but it worked with Blanco and Soto.
2 seasons ago this was the breakdown.
30 of the current managers in baseball, 13 were catchers (43%), 7 outfielders (23%), 8 infielders (26%) and 2 1st basemen (0.66)
I suppose it's still in that neighborhood.
Catchers tend to see both end of the game, pitching and hitting, they also know the nuances more than the other players because they face them all head on day in and day out.
Pitchers as managers tend to do approach hitting/pinch hitting differently, Fred Hutchinson was not shy of pulling bats and PH anyone at anytime, guys who used to be regular field players don't do that much, they wouldn't have wanted it to happen to them.
Former IF's like Tony LaRussa or Bobby Cox seem to really value defense in IF's first and foremost and often don't chase big bat guys in key defensive positions.
Casey Stengel was platooned religiously and when he managed he too used that tool, Gene Mauch would start the worst lineups at times and Bob Boone followed that method religiously as well... as we all can remember if we drink enough to uncover that repressed reality.