Who are five managers that find themselves on the hot seat this season?
Every member of an organization plays key roles in their team’s successes and/or failures during your average MLB season. Unfortunately, there’s usually only one person whose job is automatically in jeopardy once a team starts struggling.
With every team there will be ups and downs. Some teams like the Orioles, Tigers and Rangers have been dreadful over the past few seasons but have respectable managers leading their club, to the point that they’ve had their contracts extended past the 2022 season already.
Some teams, however, have higher expectations than others and when they begin their downward spiral in the standings, the manager finds himself on the hot seat very quickly.
Let’s take a look at five MLB managers who could be out of a job soon.
1. Philadelphia Phillies skipper Joe Girardi
Joe Girardi, best known as the manager of the New York Yankees for an incredible stretch from 2008 to 2017, winning a World Series championship and three AL East Division titles, is entering his third season as the Phillies’ skipper.
Since taking the reigns from Gabe Kapler during the 2019-2020 offseason as the manager of the Phillies, Girardi has managed a record of 114-118 in a baseball town that demands success. 2020 was a rough year for both manager and players, especially the bullpen. Over the 60 games in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, the Phills’ bullpen gave up 14 leads and finished the season with a 7.06 ERA, the highest any ‘pen has put up in the previous 90 years.
To Girardi’s credit, he was able to turn things around and bring the team its first winning season since 2011 last season when he led the club to an 82-80 record. With Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber now in tow, there’s no excuse for an underwhelming performance in 2022.
Girardi has plenty of postseason experience both as a player and a coach but his time in Philly may be coming to a close. The 64-year-old’s contract will be up in Philadelphia at the conclusion of the 2022 season but the club does have an option over him for the 2023 season should they choose to pick it up.
As FanSided’s Gabrielle Starr recently covered, Girardi was a hire by the Matt Klentak regime and since Dave Dombrowski is now in charge of things, he may choose not to pick up the skipper’s option and pick somebody more to his liking.