Three Major League Baseball managers have been dismissed this season and there is a chance that a fourth skipper could be fired before the 2022 MLB season comes to an end in early October.
The Los Angeles Angels dropped their manager Joe Maddon in June. The Philadelphia Phillies parted ways with bench boss Joe Girardi the same month. The Toronto Blue Jays were the third team to fire their manager when they relieved Charlie Montoyo of his job on July 13 following a 2-9 run that saw the Blue Jays fall out of the running for a Wild Card Spot in the American League.
This season has been a strange one in that no manager had been fired during the season since the St. Louis Cardinals dropped Mike Matheny in July 2018. With three managers already fired during the 2022 season, it seems as if there might be a sea change happening inside the offices of the MLB teams.
Next MLB manager to be fired picks
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Mark Kotsay – Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay has been on the coaching staff of the Oakland Athletics since 2015. He was named team manager before the 2022 MLB season. The A’s finished the 2021 season with a record of 86-76. The team missed the playoffs, finishing the season in third place in the AL West.
The A’s are a longshot to have a .500 record this season. They are in last place in the American League with a 35-63 record. The only team in the majors below Oakland is the Washington Nationals, who are 32-65.
The A’s have not lost 100 games in a season since the club went 54-108 in 1979.
The one thing that could keep Kotsay employed is that the Athletics were not expected to finish anywhere near the playoffs in 2022.
David Ross – Chicago Cubs
Like the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rebuild. The team is in fourth place in the National League Central with a record of 38-57. Chicago finished the 2021 MLB season in that same spot. The Cubs had a 71-91 record with a .438 winning percentage. David Ross, the manager of the team since October 2019 when he was hired to replace Joe Maddon, signed an extension with the team in March 2022 that will carry him through the 2024 season. It’s doubtful that ownership would ink him to that deal just to get rid of him during the same season.
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 38-57 with a .400 winning percentage.
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 third worst run differential (-109) in the American League and the club’s ERA of 4.75 is fourth worst in the league.
I’m on the fence on if there will be another managerial change during the 2022 MLB season. I don’t doubt that there will be plenty of changes in the offseason. With things mostly settled as far as where the failing teams are going to land by the end of the season, I don’t see a change happening. However, if one manager is going to be fired, I think it will be Mike Matheny.
Pick: Mike Matheny of the Kansas City Royals.
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