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10 MLB Managers on the Hot Seat Heading into Opening Day 2014

10 MLB Managers on the Hot Seat Heading into Opening Day 2014

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The opening day for the 2014 Major League Baseball season is right around the corner, which means it’s time to look ahead at every aspect of the game. One area in particular that always appears to have fans chatting prior to the first day of the season is which managers are on the hot seat. While every manager has the potential to lose his job if the team plays poorly enough, here are 10 in particular that must watch out.

10. Don Mattingly – Los Angeles Dodgers

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10. Don Mattingly – Los Angeles Dodgers

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Don Mattingly nearly lost his job at the end of last season, which means he will definitely want to sleep with one eye open. The Los Angeles Dodgers have enough talent to reach the NLCS and beyond. However, if they aren’t fortunate enough to make some noise down the stretch, expect Mattingly to be gone after the season.

9. Ron Washington – Texas Rangers

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9. Ron Washington – Texas Rangers

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The Texas Rangers missing the playoffs last season didn’t settle well with the fans or management. Two World Series berths won’t be able to save Ron Washington if he can’t deliver in a contract season. The addition of talented players to an already solid roster means the Rangers should win the division. Anything less than an ALCS or World Series berth could mean trouble for the skipper.

8. Bud Black – San Diego Padres

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8. Bud Black – San Diego Padres

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Bud Black has the benefit of being in a very difficult division, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get fired if the San Diego Padres continue to play poorly. Another 76-win season simply won’t cut it, as management needs to see some sort of improvement.

7. Ron Roenicke – Milwaukee Brewers

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7. Ron Roenicke – Milwaukee Brewers

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Ron Roenicke was scorching his first year as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers when he led the team to their first NLCS berth in franchise history. Unfortunately, it’s been all downhill since. If Roenicke can’t inspire the Brewers to get back on track and compete for a division title, there’s no way he keeps his job, especially since owner Mark Attanasio has high expectations for 2014.

6. Terry Collins – New York Mets

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6. Terry Collins – New York Mets

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Terry Collins receiving an extension from the New York Mets was one of the biggest surprises at the end of last year. With quality new additions to the team, Collins has no excuse for another poor showing. Anything less than 80 wins and Collins will get the axe, guaranteed.

5. Robin Ventura – Chicago White Sox

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5. Robin Ventura – Chicago White Sox

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The Chicago White Sox are a mess and have zero playoff expectations, which is why some may argue that Robin Ventura shouldn’t be worried about losing his job. Even though there might be some truth to that, it’s not as if the White Sox can’t perform either. If Chicago doesn’t show any signs of life under Ventura then he will be gone.

4. Ned Yost – Kansas City Royals

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4. Ned Yost – Kansas City Royals

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The Kansas City Royals continue to improve under Ned Yost, which is a good sign for the manager. However, raised expectations and quality roster additions means the Royals must produce under Yost this year. He does have a little breathing room, but any regression will most likely cost him his job.

3. Mike Scioscia – Los Angeles Angels

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3. Mike Scioscia – Los Angeles Angels

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It seems every year Mike Scioscia is on the hot seat, rightfully so. The Angels have failed to impress despite giving Scioscia enough talent to make a postseason run. Sure, some of the moves made by management are very questionable. Nonetheless, there’s still no excuse to miss the playoffs for four consecutive seasons. Regardless of who is at fault, the finger appears to be pointed directly at Scioscia, who must deliver in 2014.

2. Kirk Gibson – Arizona Diamondbacks

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2. Kirk Gibson – Arizona Diamondbacks

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The Arizona Diamondbacks can’t seem to get over the hump, which is a cause for concern for Kirk Gibson. The fact that he didn’t have his contract option picked up for the 2015 and 2016 season means the Diamondbacks want to see immediate improvement this year. If Arizona fails to make the playoffs there’s no way Gibson keeps his job.

1. John Gibbons – Toronto Blue Jays

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1. John Gibbons – Toronto Blue Jays

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No manager in baseball will be under more scrutiny heading into the 2014 season than Toronto Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons. Many expected him to get the axe after another poor season, but Toronto decided to give him one more shot. A tough division certainly plays a role in the decision process. However, the Blue Jays better get going right out of the gate or Gibbons could be sweating bullets within the first month.