You’re Out? 3 MLB Managers Who Could Get the Ax Next
Rejoice America! A national pastime of our national pastime has officially commenced thanks to the Atlanta Braves.
In a cruel twist of fate, the Braves, owners of the MLB's worst record at 10-29 was relieved of his duties...or perhaps liberated from the cruel hand the baseball gods have dealt...in his 6th season at the helm. Despite having neither the talent or resources to win in Atlanta this year, Gonzalez becomes the first manager to be removed mid-season, undoubtedly warming the seats of several of his colleagues with his departure.
There's nothing more we love than speculating on who will be next to lose their job of sitting in a dugout in baseball uniform while adjusting a lineup card, so here's who we see being unemployed by their organization fairly soon.
Mike Scioscia, Angels
Want to feel old? Scioscia is the longest tenured manager in baseball, having begun his reign in Anaheim (or is it Los Angeles?) in 2000. There's no doubt the Angels have had some amazing times under Scioscia, the sultan of the small ball, with the pinnacle coming with the team's World Series title in 2002. However, the Angels are now working on a streak where they've missed the playoffs for 5 of the past 6 seasons, being swept by Kansas City in the lone outlier in 2014. Sitting at 18-22, Scioscia's job was rumored to be in jeopardy last year when the Halos' late season collapse cost them a playoff spot. It would cause great tears from the fans and management alike, but it may be time to move forward.
Brad Ausmus, Tigers
Remember when the Tigers used to be AL powerhouses? To the fans of Detroit, those days are feeling as dated as when the Pistons were NBA champions. The Tigers followed up a postseason appearance in Ausmus's first season and began 2015 with a 26-17 mark before not only losing control of the AL Central to the Royals, but going 48-70 the rest of the way to finish 74-87, the team's first losing season since 2008. Despite the defending champions faltering early, the Tigers, at 19-21, haven't taken advantage and recently lost Ausmus from a game due to a bizarre meltdown. If he's not careful, he could ejected from his job next.
AJ Hinch, Astros
In 2015, Hinch was brought aboard to take the thankless job of leading the young Houston Astros, a team full of youngsters slogging through a period of five straight losing seasons, including three straight 100+ loss year. However, Hinch harnessed the power of his young lineup, and the Astros shocked the world and reached the playoffs. Heading into 2016, the 'Stros were a sexy sleeper selection, with some exports pegging them to represent the AL in the World Series. However, they got off to a dreadful 7-17 start, looking like the young, in over their heads team they were expected to be last year. They've slightly righted the ship since then, but if they continue to fade in the AL playoff picture, will Hinch, who has overseen young talent regress, get the blame?
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