Top 10 MLB Managers on the Hot Seat for 2013
Top 10 MLB Managers on the Hot Seat for 2013
There were several MLB managers who surprised many people in 2012, such as Buck Showalter and Bob Melvin who led their respective teams to rare postseason berths. Then there were the other managers who did not do their job well and were fired or will be on the hot season during the 2013 season.
It is difficult to decide who deserves to be on the hot seat and who does not, as many factors must be considered before a conclusion is made. Some managers struggle when it comes to top paid players on a big market team, such as Bobby Valentine. Others on the other hand get let go after their team ends the season with a bad record, even though the organization’s management did not give the manager a solid core of players to work with. An example of this would be Houston Astros manager Brad Mills who was basically given a group of minor leaguers and told to win.
Sometimes managers that do win consistently have a down season. The fans and management get impatient because they feel they have the right players to win every year. Since the team is unable to put together a decent record the manager automatically takes the blame and is placed on the hot seat with a very short leash. Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies would be a good example of this after the team’s 81-81 record in 2012.
Just because certain managers are placed on the hot seat, does not mean they will necessarily get canned at the end of the year. General managers and owners more or less like to do it to try and light a fire underneath the leader of the team to get his squad on the right track. The following are the top 10 managers who are placed on the hot seat for next season.
10. Walt Weiss, Colorado Rockies
One may ask why Walt Weiss, the first-year manager of the Colorado Rockies, would already be placed on the hot seat. The answer is very simple: Weiss only signed a one-year contract. The Rockies, who finished near the bottom of the National League with the third worst record, are basically telling Weiss that if he does not win immediately there is a good chance his job will be gone. This will certainly put a lot of pressure on someone who is managing his first big league team.
9. Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia Phillies
I already talked about why Manuel will be placed on the hot seat next year. After seven consecutive seasons with an above .500 record, Manuel’s Phillies were exactly .500. One would think Manuel deserves a little leeway considering the Phillies won the NL East five straight years prior to the 2012 season. However, in baseball, things can change quickly and the aging Manuel plus an aging team does not bode well for fans in Philadelphia.
8. Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels
The only reason Mike Scioscia is on the hot seat is because the Los Angeles Angels finished third in the AL West with a team that is loaded with talent. Not to mention, the Angels have failed to finish first in the division since 2009, which was three seasons ago. The expectations were certainly high for Los Angeles after signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson last year, as well as, trading for Zack Greinke in July. With the emergence of AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout and stud Jared Weaver, the Angels must go deep in the playoffs in 2013. Otherwise, Scioscia could very well be fired.
7. Eric Wedge, Seattle Mariners
Eric Wedge’s Seattle Mariners did improve by eight games in the win column from 2011 to 2012, but a 75-87 record is still not good enough. After managing the Cleveland Indians for many years, the Mariners hoped Wedge would be their guy to get the franchise back on track. Although Wedge has slowly improved the team, it simply might not be enough for him to stay employed. Seattle cannot finish last in the AL West for a fourth consecutive season if Wedge wants to continue managing.
6. Bud Black, San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres have been rather inconsistent since Bud Black took over as manager in 2007. The Padres have been as good as 90-72 and as bad as 63-99 under Black. Since recording 90 wins in 2010, San Diego has only managed to win 147 games in the last two seasons combined. Even though Black is still under contract for another three years, there is a good chance he could be gone after 2013 if the Padres do not get their act together and get out of the basement of the NL West.
5. Ned Yost, Kansas City Royals
Ned Yost has had a rough go at being a Major League manager. Yost went through some difficult years with the Milwaukee Brewers until he finally led the team to their first postseason berth since 1982. Unfortunately, Yost was fired 12 games before the end of the season and never got to manage in the playoffs. However, that stint in 2008 is what got him the managerial job with the Kansas City Royals, which is a team desperate for a winning season. Yost has fared better than previous managers have but has not been able to get the team to win more than 72 games in two full seasons.
4. Don Mattingly, Los Angeles Dodgers
It is not as if Don Mattingly has done a terrible job managing the Los Angeles Dodgers considering the team has won 82 and 86 wins in the last two years respectively. However, considering the amount of talent the Dodgers had over those two years, not to mention the truck load of players they got from the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles must bring home a winner. If Mattingly does not deliver in 2013 with the roster he has been given then management will be forced to find someone who can.
3. Terry Collins, New York Mets
Jerry Manuel was let go from the New York Mets in 2010 after posting a 79-83 record. Terry Collins has not reached that mark in two seasons as the Mets continue to finish fourth in the NL East. New York has been loaded with injuries and players that have underperformed, but the one thing we have learned from this list is that eventually it all falls on the manager’s shoulders. Collins has no choice but to produce in 2013 as his players will be fighting for his job. If the Mets do not at the very least post a record above .500, Collins will be forced to dust off his résumé because his time in New York will be over.
2. Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
Clint Hurdle is in a unique position because he has actually helped improve the Pittsburgh Pirates drastically over the last two years. When Hurdle was hired in 2010, the Pirates had just finished a 57-105 season. In 2011, Hurdle led the team to a 79-90 record with several highlights during the year. This past season, Pittsburgh posted their best record since 1997 and showed plenty of promise. They led the NL Central division at one point and looked ready to make a run at the postseason. However, since the Pirates have fallen short that last two years after fast starts, Hurdle will have to meet the high expectations in 2013.
1. Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Twins
The No. 1 manager who will be on the hot seat next year is Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins. Gardenhire has been very successful in Minnesota, which is the only reason why he still has a job. The Twins have been plagued with injuries and poor management decisions that have ultimately made the manager’s job very difficult. After successful 2009 and 2010 regular seasons that were followed up by back-to-back losses in the ALDS, the Twins have failed to win more than 66 games in two years. If Gardenhire cannot motivate the Twins to get off to fast start or finish strong in 2013, Minnesota will have no choice but to go in a different direction.