The regular season might be over, but the real fun is just beginning for any club that didn’t make the postseason. When things don’t go your way in baseball, people get fired. And the most expendable members of any baseball team is the manager.
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With no baseball scheduled for Monday, that could make for the perfect opportunity for clubs to say goodbye to their current managers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some cloudy managerial situations around the league. The first to go was Colorado Rockies skipper Walt Weiss, who resigned his post after three seasons. The Arizona Diamondbacks then canned Chip Hale after two years, along with GM Dave Stewart. He’s not a manager, but Barry Bonds was also reportedly fired Monday as Miami Marlins hitting coach.
It’s important to note that some clubs didn’t even wait until Monday to make announcements regarding their skippers. Robin Ventura is leaving the Chicago White Sox, while the Cincinnati Reds will retain Bryan Price. We’ve included those teams below so you can stay informed while you wait for the postseason.
MIKE SCIOSCIA, LOS ANGELES ANGELS
This one would be bold, but it’s worth covering. Scioscia is well-entrenched in Los Angeles, just finishing up his 17th season with the team. He famously won a front office battle last season, which saw the club keep him over general manager Jerry DiPoto. While the Angels finished a disappointing 74-88, it seems Scioscia is still in great standing. For what it’s worth, he expects to be back and has already considered possible coaching changes on his staff for next year.
VERDICT: It would be a shock if the Angels let him go.
BOB MELVIN, OAKLAND ATHLETICS
Despite winning just 68 and 69 games in 2015 and 2016, Melvin appears to be in good shape in Oakland. Though there was some unrest in the locker room this year, Melvin seemed to navigate through the issue. He signed an extension with the club last year, and there’s every reason to think he’ll be back
VERDICT: It sure looks like he’ll return.
KEVIN CASH, TAMPA BAY RAYS
Cash just completed his second season with the Rays, and while the club disappointed, there’s little indication Cash is on his way out. He signed a five-year deal with the team back in 2014, and spoke confidently about the team’s future during Sunday’s post-game press conference with reporters. Both the front office and the players have been complimentary of Cash’s performance this season
VERDICT: He’ll be back.
PAUL MOLITOR, MINNESOTA TWINS
With the Twins front office in upheaval, it would be safe to assume Molitor’s job could be in jeopardy. That doesn’t appear to be the case. Molitor is under contract through 2017, and has given the Twins every indication he would like to continue managing. On top of that, owner Jim Pohlad gave Molitor a vote of confidence in a letter sent to season ticket holders in September. Despite his 142-182 record over the past two seasons, Molitor seems likely to be back.
VERDICT: All signs point to Molitor being around in 2017.
PETE MACKANIN, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Mackanin met with the front office for four hours in late September to discuss the future of the franchise, so it certainly seems like he’ll be back. He’s gone just 108-142 in his two years with the club, but everyone knew the Phillies were in the middle of a rebuild.
VERDICT: He’ll continue to attempt to guide the Phillies through this rebuild.
CRAIG COUNSELL, MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Owner Mark Attanasio gave Counsell high marks when talking about the franchise rebuild in late September. Though the Brewers haven’t been strong under his watch, Counsell seems to get high marks around the game. In fact, with Counsell entering his final season of his current contract, there’s a chance he’ll receive an extension during the offseason. Few teams allow managers to enter lame duck status, so the move makes sense from that perspective.
VERDICT: Seems like he’ll stick around.