Without mentioning our own Jim Leyland, which Baseball Manager is on the hot seat? Will any be fired during the season?
I see 6 guys that could be in trouble if their teams stumble out of the gate.
Joe Girardi - Managing the Yankees used to be a lot more precarious. Since the Brian Cashman era began it's a bit more stable. But by losing in the opening round last year, fans cannot be happy. Girardi may get a pass because of his World Series win but memories fade quickly. If there is a collapse, and with aging superstars there is always that risk, he could be in trouble.
Charlie Manuel - I put him in the same boat as Girardi. Probably safe because of a World Series win. However, with the best rotation in baseball he could not make it back to the world series last year. The Philly faithful will not be happy if their team stumbles out of the gate. After 7 season and at 68 years old Manuel's days may be numbered.
Mike Sciocia - I would say he is on the hottest seat if the Angels fall behind Texas, but he signed a 10 year contract that has 7 years left so he is probably safe. The Angels spent a ton of money though and if that does not pan out.....
Davey Johnson - He was never the long term solution in Washington. Ownership has been aggressive in pursuing free agents and want to win now. With prized rookies on the way and a couple of free agents added to the mix I don't think Johnson will survive a long slide.
Ron Washington - He's taken the Rangers to places they have never been. But he hasn't won the World Series and the Rangers have a pretty good sized payroll. If Anaheim buries them by June look for Nolan Ryan to pull the plug on the Washington era.
Ron Gardenhire - The Twins are not a good team. They are going to lose a lot of games. Even though Gardenhire is one of the more succesful big league mnanagers, will ownership be patient if there are empty seats in Minnesota? How will Gardenhire himself react to having a team that might lose more than it wins? I see this one as the most likely managerial change. If not during the season than soon after.