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Which Current or Former Minnesota Twins Would Make a Solid Major League Manager?

Some Names from the Twins' Past and Present Could Find Success as Managers

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COMMENTARY | When you listen to your favorite baseball team's telecast, you might hear your local announcers proclaim the guy at the end of the bench to be a potential major league manager. As a reaction, you might scoff and say "Nick Punto? Major league manager? Go home, Bert. You're drunk."

However, there have been several cases where these scenarios have fulfilled themselves.

The most recent example for the Twins was former catcher Mike Redmond becoming the manager of the Miami Marlins. While things haven't gone well in South Beach, he is just the latest in the line of players turned managers in Major League Baseball.

Like Redmond, there are several who have ties to the Twins organization that can help a team succeed at the major league level.

Paul Molitor

Many Twins fans will point to Molitor because he is a logical candidate to replace current manager Ron Gardenhire if the front office decides to relieve him of his duties at the end of the season.

Molitor is entrenched in the Twins organization by working with minor league players and has great knowledge of the system. That will help a team that has a slew of top prospects priming to make their major league debut in the near future.

With Minnesota ties and a successful 21-year major league career, Molitor would be a great fit as a manager...even if it's for someone else.

Joe Mauer

Just like his play with a $23 million salary looming over his head, Mauer candidacy to become a manager is a debatable topic.

He would be on the opposite spectrum of Ozzie Guillen, but Mauer's quiet approach to team leadership is something that has produced successful teams in the past. That combined with a high baseball IQ that has lead to three batting championships would be useful for any team looking to win.

With former catchers such as Mike Matheny and Joe Torre able to lead their teams deep into October, why wouldn't a team consider giving one of the greatest catchers of all-time a shot?

Michael Cuddyer

Is Cuddyer too happy-go-lucky to be a manager? Perhaps. But the same approach worked well for Gardenhire during his run of success during the 2000s.

During his time with the Twins, Cuddyer became one of the trusted leaders in the clubhouse. While his stats were good but not great, he had the ears of his teammates and inspired them to play hard at all times.

You can look at his magic tricks as a gimmick, but players would love to play for Cuddyer.

Torii Hunter

Similar to Cuddyer, players would love to play for Hunter because he inspires them to literally run through walls to help the team. However, their two styles would be dramatically different.

While Cuddyer was one to put a smile on someone's face before being strict, Hunter is a more "in your face" type. During his time with the Twins, his two most motivating moments could be considered to be him running over Jamie Burke in September of 2004 and taking a swing at a struggling Justin Morneau late in the 2005 season.

A fiery leader like Hunter is something that a major league club covets to change things up. In that situation, he would be a great fit.

A.J. Pierzynski

Most Twins fans hate him, but the cocky style of Pierzynski would be welcome in a clubhouse lacking confidence.

Twins fans will remember that it was Pierzynski that was one of the catalysts for the 2002 team that saved baseball in Minnesota and advanced to the American League Championship Series. On top of that, he has just as many smarts as his successor, Mauer, as he's called a no-hitter and a perfect game during his career.

If you don't like Pierzynski, he won't be your cup of tea when it comes to leading your favorite team. If he gets a shot, the teams that are playing against him will be quick to stand there with you.

Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has also been published on Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @crishad.

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