According to an informal poll of major league managers, coaches and executives, here are 20 active players (six of them minorities) who have the "necessities" to be good managers:
? DON BAYLOR, Red Sox.
In the club yearbook, he lists his postplaying ambitions as becoming "a manager, general manager or the commissioner." The first may be less than his considerable talents deserve, however.
? DARRELL EVANS, Tigers.
"Strong, bright, forceful and decent."
? PHIL GARNER, Astros.
"The first National Leaguer who comes to mind."
? WILLIE UPSHAW, Blue Jays.
"He's so quiet and so nice that outsiders don't realize he's as tough as Baylor or anyone else."
? KEITH HERNANDEZ, Mets.
"The consummate baseball mind. He would have the media waiting on his table."
?HAL McRAE, Royals.
The man who George Brett says taught him how to win.
? ALFREDO GRIFFIN, A's.
Players simply follow him. Anywhere.
? RICK LEACH, Blue Jays.
"A natural leader whose life is geared to winning at everything," says his former manager, Bobby Cox.
? ANDRE DAWSON, Cubs.
"The presence of a five-star general."