The Athletics’ season came to an unceremonious end Wednesday, which could give quality control coach Mark Kotsay a chance to actively pursue a managerial job. Kotsay’s currently “a hot name on the managerial market,” Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets, and it appears he’d be willing to leave Oakland for a top position somewhere.
“Managing a team would interest me, for sure,” Kotsay told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. “This is priority No. 1 here (with the A’s). When the time comes, if I get that opportunity to be part of the process, I’d definitely be open to that.”
Now 43 years old, Kotsay enjoyed a productive major league career as an outfielder/first baseman for several teams from 1997-2013. Kotsay hasn’t managed at any level since then, but he has worked in a variety of roles between clubs’ front offices and coaching staffs. He served as both a special assistant and a hitting coach with the Padres before joining the Athletics, with whom he began as a bench coach in 2016 before transferring to his current role prior to the ’18 campaign. Along the way, Kotsay has earned a reputation “as an excellent strategist and communicator,” Shea writes.
Should Kotsay land a managerial job this offseason, he’d become the latest example of a team handing its dugout over to a neophyte. More than half of the league’s 30 teams – the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, Rangers, Mariners, Twins, Braves, Nationals, Mets, Phillies, Cardinals, Brewers, Reds, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Padres – have opted to hire first-time MLB managers over retreads in the past few years.