First of all, it boils my bologna when fans call managers “the coach.” Additionally, fans have suggested to just roll his salary over to manage. Pedroia will make about $16M in 2020, which is $4M more than the aforementioned Bochy and Maddon’s COMBINED salaries.
Secondly, Pedey hasn’t decided whether he’s retiring or not. That doesn’t matter to most fans, because before news of his injury relapse even broke, they wanted him to be named player-manager, which hasn’t happened in baseball since Pete Rose assumed the role with the Reds in 1984, which was thirty-six years ago.
Pedroia has shown he is prone to lapses of leadership (calling out manager Bobby Valentine publically, shouting to the Orioles bench “It’s not me it’s them” accusingly about teammates who decided to plunk Manny Machado after he slid hard into Pedroia in 2017).
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Don’t forget, both he and Jason Varitek were on the famous chicken and beer team that collapsed in 2011. Pedroia might make a fine manager or coach someday. But throwing him to the wolves after a two-year-long attempted comeback seems like a horrible idea.