The Dodgers have done a lot of winning over the years, and with that winning comes more eyes upon the franchise. It’s both a gift and a curse to any team that consistently wins because others then want to start picking off people who made it possible.
This tends to lean more toward members of the coaching staff and front office, and teams are then forced to find replacements. One of the hottest names on the market for open managerial positions in recent years has been LA first base coach Clayton McCullough. He has gone on multiple interviews during that time and could find himself to be leading a team next season.
He has been with the Dodgers since 2015 and has grown in his roles with the organization. McCullough was promoted to the first base coach in 2021 and has impressed people all across the league since.
McCullough was mentioned among a list of candidates who could fill the openings across baseball this winter by The MLB staff at The Athletic. His name has been circling, and this could be his time to shine.
“McCullough interviewed with the New York Mets for the job that eventually went to Showalter and finished as the runner-up to Matt Quatraro for the Royals job last offseason. He spent several years as a manager in Toronto’s minor-league system before serving as the minor-league field coordinator with the Dodgers. He has earned praise for his work with younger players.”Per Andy McCullough of The Athletic
Teams such as the New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants all make some sense for his services. The Mets already spoke with him previously, and the Angels could take a chance on him, but the Giants likely make the most sense.
He has connections with President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi from their days in Los Angeles together, and he could be a good choice for an up-and-coming San Francisco squad. The Cleveland Guardians are also looking for a new skipper, and McCullough could be a candidate there as well.
For the Dodgers, losing McCullough would hurt them, but this is a great opportunity for him to further his career. They won’t hold him back, and they’ve known for a while now that he could leave at some point down the line.
This could be the perfect time for him to land a job since the Dodgers are entering the offseason in a bit of flux. If McCullough does land a managerial opening, we wish him the best of luck, and thank him for the years that he served in Los Angeles!
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