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5 MLB Managers On The Hot Seat

5 MLB Managers On The Hot Seat

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With the MLB regular season starting to reach its final stages, it's a good time for a closer look at those managers whose jobs may be on the line as the final quarter of the 2014 season plays out. These five managers and their teams have underachieved this season and the only way for improvement may be a change at the top.

5. Bud Black, San Diego Padres

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5. Bud Black, San Diego Padres

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2014 Record: 60-70

Black is now in his eighth season with Padres, and though he's widely respected, his teams have finished above .500 just twice, most recently in 2010. Disarray above him relating to the sale of the team, low payrolls and a general manager job that has changed hands three times has contributed to the constant losing. Black will likely last until the end of the season, but another losing season will lead to his dismissal.

4. Kirk Gibson, Arizona Diamondbacks

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4. Kirk Gibson, Arizona Diamondbacks

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2014 Record: 55-76

After taking over in mid-2010, Kirk Gibson led Arizona to 94 wins and an NL West title the following year. But what's followed has been a pair of 81-81 seasons and then this year's embarrassing season. The 2014 Diamondbacks haven't spent a single day above .500 in 2014 and opened with 22 losses in their first 30 games. Gibson received a contract extension already, but with Tony La Russa in charge, Gibson is now a lame duck.

3. Terry Collins, New York Mets

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3. Terry Collins, New York Mets

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2014 Record: 61-70

The Mets are en route to their sixth straight sub-.500 season and their fourth under manager Terry Collins. In his 10 seasons as a major league manager, Collins has never reached the playoffs and isn't viewed as a manager who is good enough to make the postseason. Collins still has one more year remaining, but with all the losing that he has endured in New York, Collins might not be around to finish out his current deal.

2. Ryne Sandberg, Philadelphia Phillies

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2. Ryne Sandberg, Philadelphia Phillies

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2014 Record: 59-72

It was just over a year ago that Hall of Famer and longtime managerial prodigy Ryne Sandberg took over for Charlie Manuel. Sandberg managed to go 20-22 as an interim manager and started 15-14 this year, but the Phillies are now 13 games under .500. Most of this can be blamed on GM Ruben Amaro Jr., but if he is let go, an incoming GM may want to hire his own man, leaving Sandberg once again on the outside looking in.

1. Walt Weiss, Colorado Rockies

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1. Walt Weiss, Colorado Rockies

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2014 Record: 53-77

Walt Weiss oversaw a 10-game improvement (from 64 wins to 74) in his first year as Rockies manager, and a 22-14 start to this season had the Rockies in good spirits. But a slew of injuries, most notably to Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki, crushed the team's hopes, and the Rockies have gone 31-63 since. After underachieving with such a talented roster the past two seasons, Weiss won't be around for a third.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.