It’s only Memorial Day weekend and already two MLB managers are on an extended holiday. After Milwaukee’s Ron Roenicke was the first domino to fall earlier this month, Marlins GM Dan Jennings said “enough” of Mike Redmond and replaced him with none other than … drumroll please … himself!
Jennings’ self-demotion hasn’t revolutionized Miami yet, as the team is just 2-5 under his watch. But with so much season left to play, there is plenty of time for struggling teams to sort out what ails them.
However, while a team has all summer to get back in the race, these managers don’t have that kind of time. Here are our favorites for the third manager to be fired this year:
John Gibbons, Toronto Blue Jays: (5/2)
It’s a do-or-die year for most of this Jays core and, perhaps most importantly, GM Alex Anthopoulos. After increasing the team’s payroll by almost $40 million in 2013, he has gotten zero results from the team he assembled through blockbuster deals that were praised at the time. Now with one final chance, “A.A.” will try whatever it takes to get in the postseason in a weak AL East, and that includes finding a new bench boss.
Bud Black, San Diego Padres: (3/1)
Another team spending big money and expecting better results, the Padres entered the year with a lot of excitement surrounding a roster that included Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Will Middlebrooks, and James Shields. Black has been manager since 2007, winning manager of the year in 2010, and he’s been waiting forever for a roster this talented. But the team is currently sitting below .500, and general manager A.J. Preller may not wait forever for him.
Lloyd McClendon, Seattle Mariners: (4/1)
The Mariners added Nelson Cruz to help this 87-75 team get back in the playoffs. With a strong starting rotation, including King Felix’s 7-1 record, the Mariners should be better than fourth in a division currently led by the Houston Astros! Seattle has an 11-game homestand coming up and, if there isn’t a big improvement, they might have a new manager sitting front seat on the flight to Cleveland.
Bryan Price, Cincinnati Reds: (6/1)
Currently mired in a nine-game losing streak, frustrations may have boiled over for Price who was ejected before Saturday’s game even started. Price went 76-86 in his first season as manager, and the team is showing no real improvements to start this season; conventional wisdom points to Price’s days being numbered. But some in the Cincy area think the ax won’t fall until after the Reds host the All-Star game, so as to not ruin the festivities.
Ryne Sandberg, Philadelphia Phillies: (12/1)
The only news worth talking about around the City of Brotherly Love lately is Cole Hamels trade rumors. The “Philly fire sale” is fully expected to move ahead this trade deadline, the only question is: Will Sandberg be on the bench during that time? It’s pretty clear he won’t be in charge next year; it’s just a matter of whether they wait until after the season to cut ties.
Win streaks by the Rangers and Indians have helped pull Jeff Banister and Terry Francona’s names out of the pile for now. But their teams had better keep trending upward if they don’t want odds besides their names next time.
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