This was kind of weird - Gabe Kapler, who retired at the end of the 2006 season and was the manager of the Greenville Drive, the South Atlantic League (low single A)affiliate of the Red Sox last year, made the Brewers' opening day roster this year. I don't think I've ever heard of a player taking a year off to manage before. Hope he doesn't second guess Ned Yost too much.
Kapler played part of 2005 in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants. Here's his BBM 1st Version card from that year (#359):