Two-time World Series winner David Eckstein could potentially make a stunning return to baseball after four years of retirement.
The 39-year-old, who had a phenomenal 10-year MLB career, appears to be itching for a return but unfortunately for the fans it won’t be on the field.
Eckstein admitted he has been given various offers from multiple major league teams but has turned them all down because of a poor fit or bad timing.
The former shortstop was also offered a playing contract in 2011 from the San Diego Padres but rejected them to enjoy a happy retirement with his family in Florida.
Tony La Russa, 70, was his former manager at St Louis and became the President and Chief Baseball Officer for the D-backs in May 2014. The two have remained extremely close and it would be the ideal scenario for Eckstein to start cutting his coaching teeth.
The pair won the World Series with the Cardinals in 2006 when Eckstein was voted World Series MVP. The shortstop went 9-for-33 in the series, including a 4-for-5 (three doubles) in game four.
The shortstop also picked up a Word Series ring with the Anaheim Angels in 2002, making Eckstein one of the few starting shortstops to have won a World Series as both an American and National League player.
Whether Eckstein has spoken to La Russa about a possible role for the D-backs in 2015 is unknown but MLB is excited for the potential return of the successful partnership.
Arizona will be desperate for a change in fortunes after posting the worst regular season record of any club in MLB in 2014 (64-98). The Diamondbacks finished a whopping 30 games behind the NL West champions Los Angeles Dodgers, with their last postseason coming in 2011.