When I war writing this article, I thought that there would be a lot of General Managers that had played pro baseball. There were only 7 GMs that played Pro Baseball. However, there were also 8 General Managers that played college. The rest didn’t play in college, or just never played at all. So down below will be my rankings of the 7 pro baseball players plus the lost of players that played in college.
College: Jed Hoyer, Jeff Bridich, Andrew Friedman, Brodie Van Wagenen, Matt Klentak, Mike Elias, Mike Chernoff, Thad Levine
7. Al Avila
He only collected 2 AB in the Dodgers organization at Rookie Ball in 1977. Hey, at least he played.
6. David Forst
The A’s GM played in Independent Ball for Springfield for 3 years. If Billy Beane was the Vice President of Baseball Operations, he’d be at 1 or 2.
5. Michael Hill
He played in the minors, reaching as high as A- in 2 years in pro ball with the Rangers. His career only amounted to about 300 AB, but he did become a GM.
4. Mike Hazen
He struggled when he was rushed up to A, so that’s why he’s not higher on this list. He played a very short time in the minors.
3. Mike Rizzo
Continuing the trend of Mikes on this list, Rizzo played in the minors getting as high as A ball with the Angels.
2. Ross Atkins
The Blue Jays GM got as high as AA with the Indians. He posted a career record of 37-32 with a 4.13 career ERA in the minors.
1. Jerry Dipoto
For the only MLB player on today’s list, Dipoto played 8 years in the bigs totaling a 27-24 record with a 4.03 ERA. Not too shabby!
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