Last night we learned that Derek Jeter has no interest in returning to the dugout as a manager once his playing career is over, but the feeling is not shared by his teammates. Dan Barbarisi wrote today about Eric Chavez, who admits to wanting to stay in baseball as a coach and eventually manager once he retires as a player. “One way or the other, I want to stay in the game,” he said. “In the last four years I’ve had to learn so much, that I feel there’s a lot I want to pass on.”
Chavez, 34, first got the itch to coach back with the Athletics in 2010, when he was injured and spent most of his time helping the club’s younger players. He’s begun was Barbarisi calls an “active study” this year, observing the coaching staff and studying the game from the dugout more intently than most players. Chavez has stayed healthy this summer and is having a monster season (132 wRC+) as a part-time player, but he admitted to considering retirement in each of the last two offseasons. Barbarisi’s one of the best and I think it’s safe to say Chavez is a fan favorite, so make sure you check it out.