October 11, 2011
And considering that Kenny Williams ended up giving the job to someone with just as much experience, it makes you wish the Sox would've went that route. After all, at least Konerko knows where everyone sits on the team plane.
The rest of us, meanwhile, could have made plenty of jokes about Paulie finding time to sneak in a few bets just like Chuck Hustle did as player-manager of the Cincinnati Reds.
OK, but being serious here: That Williams would consider Konerko for a manager's gig while he's already making $25 million over the next two years to play first says a lot about Williams possibly going off the deep end. But it also says a lot about Konerko's baseball acumen, which Williams says led him to consider the unorthodox move.
"It was considered long enough for me to realize that Paul is a very cerebral person and he would probably drive himself nuts right now playing and managing at the same time," Williams said when asked how seriously he considered Konerko.
"But that's the kind of respect I have for him that, yeah, I did consider it. Then I thought I think I would rather him be focused more on hitting third or fourth in the lineup and driving in 100 runs rather than trying to worry about 25 other guys in addition to it. We are trying to win."
Though Williams eventually came to his senses, it got me wondering on which of today's active players might make for a good player-manager and — perhaps more importantly — which would also be able to pull it off.
I'd like to hear your suggestions, but try these guys on for size: Chipper Jones(notes), Jason Varitek(notes), Lance Berkman(notes) and — because I want to throw at least one young name out there —Troy Tulowitzki(notes). Which player would you refer?