Whenever a team is seeking a new manager, the natural inclination is to name some former members of the organization as candidates. Usually, those "former members" are recently retired players. Sometimes, though, they're not.

Take the Philadelphia Phillies, whose list of managerial candidates could well include longtime manager Larry Bowa and, um, former general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.? Here's what Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported on Sunday:

Other candidates believed to be in consideration for the Phillies include Dusty Wathan, manager of the franchise's Triple A Lehigh Valley team; Larry Bowa, Philadelphia's bench coach and the conscience of the organization; Red Sox first base coach Ruben Amaro Jr., the former Phillies GM who acquired some of the team's top young players; Eric Wedge, who was MacPhail's choice for the Orioles job ahead of Showalter; and Charlie Montoyo, who was recently promoted by the Rays to bench coach.

Cafardo also reported the Phillies may have interest in plucking Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, but that owner Peter Angelos is unlikely to allow Showalter to leave before his contract expires. Therefore, we can file that one away as improbable and focus on the absurd possibility that is Amaro Jr. returning to Philadelphia in another, albeit different position of power.