4 manager candidates the Astros should avoid like the plague

As the Astros look to replace Dusty Baker, they should ensure these four names don't come near Houston's dugout.
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The hunt for a new Astros manager is on. With Dusty Baker officially retiring, Houston will have a new leader in the dugout. 

We recently ranked five candidates the Astros should consider hiring. Some were more obvious names like Joe Espada, and others were lesser known like Don Kelly. 

Houston could also hire somebody not on that list, as long as it’s somebody like a Rodney Linares, Will Venables, and maybe even a Mark Kotsay. 

Jim Crane said at Dusty Baker’s retirement press conference that he and Dana Brown would head up the manager search, which was somewhat encouraging after the previous report that Crane and Jeff Bagwell would call the shots with some insight from Brown. 

4 Manager candidates the Astros should avoid like the plague

The Astros need to return to their forward-thinking roots. They can’t afford to have any more clashes between manager and front office. Players like Yainer Diaz and Chas McCormick can’t sit because of schools of thought out of the 1980s. 

The Astros need to nail this hire. If they hire one of these four candidates, they’ve done the exact opposite.