4 MLB Managers On The Hot Seat
We’ve gotten to see three MLB teams make managerial changes already this season but that doesn’t mean that more aren’t on the way. Heading down the second half of this season, we have four managers that might be finding themselves without a job very soon. Or at the very least, are one bad series away from getting the boot.
Mike Matheny: Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals are already out of postseason contention but that doesn’t mean that Mike Matheny could be saved here. At the moment, Matheny is 42 games below the .500 mark during his tenure with the organization. When it comes to run differential, they are on pace to have the second worst in franchise history. They’ve traded away some good players as well like Carlos Santana and potentially Andrew Benintendi. If they are looking to rebuild and start from scratch, a new manager could be in order, which puts Matheny in danger moving forward.
Tony LaRussa: Chicago White Sox
Tony LaRussa has surprisingly made it this far already despite a handful of other coaching changes happening. LaRussa has watched the White Sox open the season as the favorite to win their division, winning 11 games more than their second-place finisher. However, they are in third place of a semi-weak division. They’ve lost a chunk of players due to injuries but their recent offseason moves haven’t really panned out either. For example, they handed Dallas Keuchel and Lance Lynn a combined $36.5 million for 15 starts and a 7.68 ERA. It seems like LaRussa has barely held onto this job for a while now, one bad series could be all that they need to get rid of him.
Chris Woodward: Texas Rangers
The Rangers got rid of a lot of talent last year at the trade deadline. To try and balance that out, they decided to poor a ridiculous amount of money into free agent signings. For example, they gave $175 million to Marcus Semien, $56 million to Jon Gray and $325 million to Corey Seager. Those signings haven’t paid off much, with management being likely to blame. They are currently 5-21 when it comes to one-run outings, the worst in the MLB by a longshot there. It already looks like Woodward could be on his way out, he’d have to pull off a miracle to stick around.
Phil Nevin: Los Angeles Angels
Phil Nevin is currently the interim coach after the Angels fired the manager that started this season. However, Nevin could find himself on the hot seat already as well. One of the best players in the league, Shohei Ohtani, is quickly approaching free agency. If Los Angeles wants to keep him around, they have to prove that they can make this team do a complete 180. A change in managers again could be a part of that. Nevin has a .316 winning percentage at the moment which just isn’t enough right now. He’s been dealt an unfortunate hand, but this organization could do whatever it takes to hold onto Ohtani.