Batting Around: Who will be the next MLB manager to be fired?


Batting Around: Who will be the next MLB manager to be fired?

We’re now two months into the 2022 MLB regular season. Rehearsal sizes aren’t that small and the fanbase is gaining and losing hope with each passing day. However, there is still a lot – MUCH – season to play, and many teams are still fighting for a spot in the new 12-team postseason format.

Throughout the season, the CBS Sports MLB pundits host a weekly Batting Around roundtable that breaks down just about everything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts on the future of baseball, all sorts of things. Last week we discussed baseball’s best catcher. This week we will be talking about possible management changes.

Who will be the next manager to be fired?

RJ Anderson: We’ll soon learn about Dave Martinez’s fate at Nationals as the club must decide on his option around the All-Star break. Given that the Lerners are in the process of selling the team, I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept him and let the next owners install their own persona on top. At the same time, the Nationals are a lazy club in terms of wins and losses and execution, and these teams are the ones that tend to make changes. Also, they might see it as some sort of favor for him to decline that option and cut ties with Martinez so he doesn’t have to worry about entering next season as a lame duck.

Dayn Perry: True Factual Accurate Story: I gave Joe Maddon’s name in answer to this question about an hour before the Angels shot him. So I’m going with Scott Servais instead. Positioned for this season, the Mariners may have been MLB’s most disappointing team so far in 2022. This is also Servais’ seventh season on the job and in that span he has a .500 game to date with zero postseason appearances. Yes, he is close to GM Jerry Dipoto, but Dipoto will be in self-sustaining mode very soon. That means the end of the road for Servais.

Mike Axisa: I can vouch for Dayn. He sent Maddon a reply just before the Angels canned him and he had to send a new reply. That’s what he gets for not hesitating.

Anyway, I’m going with Mike Matheny. The royals are awful, worse than they should be after spending the last four years rebuilding and clearly the owners and front office are fed up, because they fired hitting coach Terry Bradshaw last month. Everyone is hired to get fired and those things tend to go uphill. First the coaches go, then the manager, then the general manager. I think we’re done with the mid-season layoffs for this year, so Matheny will be leaving after the season when his contract expires. (So ​​technically, he won’t be fired. The two sides will “part ways,” but we’ll know what’s going on.)

Matt Snyder: I’m going with Don Mattingly. Maybe manager of the year honors and a place in the 2020 playoffs did him a favor, but let’s face it: The Marlins went in seven inning games in a crazy 60-game season in which they were just two games over were, with 10-4.500. Other than that, his best season was 79-82 and that was his freshman year. Then it was 77 wins in his sophomore year. The Marlins went 67-95 last season and look poised for another unrivaled season. This is his seventh year at the helm and we’re still waiting for a real breakthrough season, not an accidental one. Tie all of this together with the fact that Mattingly is in the final year of his contract (it was a reciprocal option for 2022) and Marlins GM Kim Ng is certainly poised to make her first hire as manager. All indications are that Mattingly is ripe for a layoff if the Marlins go on an extended losing streak. They begin a 10-game road trip to Houston, Philadelphia and New York (Mets) on Friday.

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