When things go wrong on the diamond, someone has to take the blame. Usually, it’s the manager.
From a former World Series champion to a first-year hire, no one is exempt from rampant speculation.
So, let’s take a very early look at some skippers who might be looking for a new line of work when that summer wind comes blowing in.
1 Ozzie Guillen, White Sox
It’s been a tumultuous seven seasons on the South Side for Guillen. Yes, he led the White Sox to a World Series championship in 2005. But Guillen is a walking reality show, always just a controversial tweet away from upsetting management.
2 Jim Riggleman, Nationals
This might be unfair when you consider Washington’s talent. However, Riggleman has gone 102-135 in one-plus seasons, while the team’s top prospect, Stephen Strasburg, went down on his watch. This year, the team spent big bucks. They must show improvement.
3 Terry Collins, Mets
We know he was just hired in November, but when you manage the Mets, you’re always on the hot seat. This is one of MLB’s most underachieving clubs. If they can’t finish above the Nationals, you can bet Collins’ name will hit New York sports talk.
4 Bob Geren, Athletics
His .474 winning percentage over the past four seasons ranks among the league’s worst. Plus, he has never taken the A’s to the postseason. Why might he be safe? He is really close with GM Billy Beane.
5 Bud Black, Padres
The reigning NL Manager of the Year shouldn’t be on this list, right? Maybe not. But consider that San Diego blew a 6.5-game division lead, lost 10 games in a row and missed the playoffs last season. Then, they said goodbye to Adrian Gonzalez. Good luck.