No one seems to debate that Jerry Manuel should be summarily dismissed from his position as New York Mets manager.  Where there is debate is on the topic of his replacement.  Often in the context of discussing his replacement certain buzzwords come up.  Perhaps the buzzword that comes up more than any other is "fiery."  Many strongly assert that the next manager of the Mets must be "fiery."  We can all easily access the dictionary definition of that word but who defines it in the context of managerial candidates?  What must one do to be considered "fiery?"  Curse a lot?  Kick dirt on umpires?  Throw objects from the dugout onto the field during/after an argument?  Not only do I not know what a managerial candidate must do to qualify as "fiery" I don't even know if having this quality is relevant to the chances of success or failure for said manager.So therefore instead of trying to figure out who is fiery and who isn't I've decided to break down current acting major league managers by the position they played during their playing days, whether those days occurred in a professional or amateur setting, and see if any conclusions might be drawn from that information.  If a manager played more than one position during their playing career (and most did) they are listed under the position at which they played the most games.Catcher (9)
  • Bruce Bochy
  • Bob Geren
  • Joe Girardi
  • Jim Leyland
  • Joe Maddon
  • John Russell
  • Mike Scioscia
  • Joe Torre
  • Ned Yost
Third Base (5)
  • Manny Acta
  • Bobby Cox
  • Ken Macha
  • Brad Mills
  • Jim Riggleman
Outfield (4+1)
  • Cito Gaston (CF)
  • Dusty Baker (LF)
  • Kirk Gibson (LF)
  • Charlie Manuel (LF)
  • Jim Tracy (LF)
Second Base (3)
  • Tony LaRussa
  • Jerry Manuel
  • Edwin Rodriguez
Shortstop (3)
  • Ron Gardenhire
  • Ozzie Guillen
  • Ron Washington
First Base (2)
  • Terry Francona
  • Buck Showalter
Pitcher (2)
  • Bud Black
  • Daren Brown
That is 29 managers.  One, Chicago Cubs interim manager Mike Quade, I was not able to determine his position more specifically than "infield."What stands out like a sore thumb to me is that no former rightfielder is a current manager.  One other thing that stands out is that most current managers are former catchers.  Perhaps Gary Carter was onto something.  But does having been a catcher mean one will be a good manager?  There are certainly a few very well respected managers on the former catchers list just as there are some completely forgettable names.Wally Backman, a candidate for the Mets managerial position, is a man who is often described as "fiery."  He is also a man who can be described as a former second baseman.  The list of current managers who formerly played second base is hit or miss.  Tony LaRussa is certainly highly regarded (and highly compensated) as a manager.  But then there's Jerry Manuel.Perhaps the current hip list would be the former shortstops.  Maybe the Mets should contact Rafael Santana.Ultimately my conclusion is this:  it doesn't matter whether the next Mets manager is "fiery" or sleepy, nor does it matter whether he played second base or centerfield.  What matters is can he use a bullpen correctly, can he assemble a productive lineup from his roster, can he get marginally talented players to overachieve, can he massage the egos of highly-paid All-Stars, can he handle the New York media and the daily distractions they create/promote?  If the answer to those questions turns out to be Wally Backman, great.  If it turns out to be Tim Bogar, great too.  Ken Oberkfell, Tim Teufel, Tony Pena, Clint Hurdle, whoever.  Leave the "fiery" to the taco chips.  Get me a manager who can manage.