26 September 2012

What MLB managers could get the ax after 2012?

It happens every season, managers get fired. Do I enjoy it? I mean, I hate to see people become unemployed, but i always enjoy the coaching carousel. If that is not a wishy-washy answer, I do not know what is.

Anyways, here are some managers that could get the ax in the offseason.

Bobby Valentine, Boston Red Sox
Has it gone pretty poorly this season in Boston? Is that even a question? I was really supportive of the Valentine hire but it clear that he was a pretty poor fit for Boston, had been out of managing in MLB for too long, pissed off a bunch of veterans, many have underperformed and it seems at this point, Bobby V. has all but given up on his own part. GM Ben Cherington initially did not want Valentine hired so it should be no surprised when Valentine gets fired after this one-and-done as the team moves forward in its rebuild.

Manny Acta, Cleveland Indians
Last season the Indians started out pretty fast but slumped down the stretch to 80-82, which was the team's best record since 2008. This season the team had some modest expectations, hopefully finishing at or above .500 and when they sat in first place on May 28, hopes were high. Now they sit at last place in the AL Central and have won 13 games since the beginning of August. Acta has improved as a manager since when he was in Washington but the teams have swooned so badly and the ever-so-depressed Cleveland fans are getting frustrated and even more depressed.
UPDATE: Acta has been fired by the Indians

Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers
Leyland has had a great tenure with the Tigers, helping them return to prominence after some down years in the Motor City, leading the club to the AL Pennant in his first campaign, only a few seasons after losing 119 games. But the team had high expectations coming into 2012 after the big signing of Prince Fielder and the team has been on the fringe of the playoffs all season, right now tied atop the division. Were the expectations a little outsized, and was the roster flawed? It has appeared so, and with Leyland working on a one-year contract and getting closer to 70, if the Tigers miss the playoffs, team president Dave Dombrowski may pull the trigger, with Terry Francona being the top target.

Ozzie Guillen, Miami Marlins
Another potential one-and-done? There were high expectations for the Marlins this season with the new ballpark and the expensive offseason spending spree that brought in Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle and also for bringing in Guillen to manage. About that. Controversy ensued early on when Guillen said he loved and respected Fidel Castro, which considering a team that plays in Little Havana, that did not play well. What also hurt Guillen's cause that the club is in last place at 66-87, shocking considering that the club was a half game out of first at the end of May. Plus owner Jeff Loria is just a weird guy and has fired managers after one season before as well, so it does not bode well for Ozzie.

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