The 2022 Major League Baseball season has reached the point where ownership has tired of failing managers. In early June, the Philadelphia Phillies cut ties with Joe Girardi. A few days after that, the Los Angeles Angels fired Joe Maddon. It does not look like they will be the only two managers let go by their teams during the 2022 MLB season.
Next MLB manager to be fired picks
|Tony La Russa (White Sox)||+150|
|Dave Martinez (Nationals)||+300|
|Mike Matheny (Royals)||+500|
|Scott Servais (Mariners)||+500|
|David Ross (Cubs)||+750|
|David Bell (Reds)||+800|
|Don Mattingly (Marlins)||+800|
|A.J. Hinch (Tigers)||+1500|
|Brandon Hyde (Orioles)||+2000|
|Chris Woodward (Rangers)||+2000|
|Derek Shelton (Pirates)||+2000|
|Bud Black (Rockies)||+2500|
Tony La Russa: Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox were the only AL Central team to finish above .500 last season. They led the division by 13 games at the close of the season. Chicago was widely expected to cruise to another AL Central Divisional title in 2022. With 59 games completed, Tony La Russa’s team is sitting in third place in the division with a record (28-31) below .500. The team trails the division leading Minnesota Twins by six games and they have a run differential of -52. One thing that could save La Russa’s job is the number of injuries the team has had this season. Lance Lynn, Luis Robert, Eloy Jiménez, Yoán Moncada, Tim Anderson, AJ Pollock, Joe Kelly and Garrett Crochet have all missed time for the White Sox in 2022.
Dave Martinez: Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals had a run of eight seasons where they finished above .500. In 2019, the Nationals went 93-29 and won the World Series. That was the last time the team finished above .500. In 2020 and 2021, the Nationals finished in last place in the NL East with winning percentages of .433 and .401. Barring a huge turn in fortune, the Nationals are going to finish in last place in the NL East again in 2022. The team is 23-40 and has a winning percentage of .365. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Nationals could have the worst season in franchise history. Their previous worse was in the 1969 season of the Montreal Expos. The club finished 52-110 with a .321 winning percentage that year.
Dave Martinez has been with the team since 2018 and has the option to coach in 2023 that he must exercise before this year’s All-Star Game. The question in Washington is if the team can convince Martinez not to take that option and leave in the off-season. I don’t see him coaching the Nationals in 2023.
Mike Matheny: Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals had been slowly improving their record over the past few years. The team went from a .358 winning percentage in 2018 to .457 in 2021. However, this season the Royals have taken a nosedive. The team is currently 20-40 with a .333 winning percentage, which, if it holds, will be the lowest number in franchise history. The team’s previous low was 2005 when the Royals went 56-106 for a .346 winning percentage. Kansas City is in the MLB basement right now.
This can’t be the season Royals’ ownership had in mind after the team put up a winning record after last year’s All-Star break.
Mike Matheny’s team has the second worst run differential (-92) in MLB and the club’s ERA of 5.18 is third worst in the league.
I think the injuries the White Sox have suffered will allow Tony La Russa to stay with Chicago. I believe the sale of the Nationals and the World Series win will keep Dave Martinez in his job until the end of the season. With that, I think Mike Matheny will be the next MLB manager to go, after all, they already fired their hitting coach, Terry Bradshaw this season.
Pick: Mike Matheny of the Kansas City Royals.
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