MLB hot seat rankings: Five managers who could be next to go after Rangers fire Chris Woodward

The Texas Rangers fired manager Chris Woodward on Monday, ending his tenure after more than three seasons at the helm. Woodward won just 42.4 percent of the games he coached, and he had the Rangers slated for 72 wins in 2022 — or, evidently, below his expectations after they signed top free agents Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.

“Chris Young and I had the very difficult task of informing Chris Woodward of our decision today,” Rangers executive Jon Daniels said in a statement. “During his tenure as manager of the Rangers, Chris worked tirelessly in what were sometimes difficult circumstances. He has been dedicated and passionate in his efforts to improve the Texas Rangers’ on-field performance, and he is greatly appreciated. He has represented to the organization with class and dignity”.

Woodward is the fourth manager to be fired this season, joining Joe Girardi (Philadelphia Phillies), Joe Maddon (Los Angeles Angels) and Charlie Montoyo (Toronto Blue Jays). Taking the blame (and sometimes expulsion) when things go wrong is part of the unspoken agreement people make when they agree to manage. While no one likes to see someone lose their job, it’s inevitable in a results-based business that declares one team, and only one, champion each fall.

With that in mind, CBS Sports has to ask itself: who will be next? Below, we identify and rank five managers who appear to have more attractive positions than their counterparts. As always, keep in mind that this is more of an art than a science, and we are not stating that these managers should or will be laid off in the coming weeks; simply that they seem more at risk of falling victim to the same fate as Woodward.

The inclusion of La Russa is a fact. The White Sox have underperformed all year despite playing in a weak division, and he made one of the dumbest strategic decisions of the season in June, when he intentionally walked a batter on a 1-count. two. La Russa only has one year left on his contract, making it easier to justify a divorce. The problem is that if La Russa only has one supporter in his corner, he turns out to be the only person who can keep him around, owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Even acknowledging that reality, it’s hard to justify ranking it any lower on this list.

We’ll stay in the AL Central to spotlight Matheny, who is nearing the end of his third season in charge. The Royals have graduated several of their best young players to the majors this season, but they are on pace to post their worst winning percentage since 2019, or the year before Matheny took over. Keep in mind that Matheny only has one season left on his contract (the Royals exercised their club option on him in March) and a change seems likely in the next 8-12 months, perhaps even as soon as this. winter.

The Nationals are expected to be sold this offseason, at which point the new owners seem more likely to choose to install their own general manager and field manager. The best-case scenario for Martinez, who guided the Nationals to the 2019 World Series title, is that the incoming owners give him a season to prove he’s the right person for the job. We’re skeptical he can do it, if only because the Nationals are in the early stages of a complete rebuild.

Mattingly has been on several “next manager fired” lists since taking over on the Marlins’ bench before the 2016 season. He has somehow survived this entire time despite posting only one winning effort in six (in seven) tries, but their luck will have to run out at some point. It should be noted that the Marlins exercised their club option for next season in July, suggesting they may be fine kicking the can a little further down the line before have to make a final call. about his status.

It’s no fun being the manager of a team in the midst of a deep rebuild. Guys like Shelton take jobs like the Pirates’ not because they expect to see things go well, but because they want to gain experience for their future management jobs. Perhaps Shelton will turn out to be the exception; with a guaranteed year remaining on his contract, we’re not willing to bet that will be the case.

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