MLB Managerial Maneuverings and Predictions American League

Which American League managers will be retained or fired?

9/25/13 in MLB   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Sep 10, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) in the dugout during the third inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY SportsLet’s take a look at some of the American League managerial situations settled and still in flux.
 
Joe Girardi – Yankees
 
Girardi is a free agent at the end of the season and while the Yankees self-enacted payroll limitations will prevent them from delving too deeply into the free agent market, they can pay Girardi whatever they want.
 
Girardi would be in significant demand for several teams in appealing locations – specifically the Nationals – but pursuing the “dream” job like the one in Washington can sometimes backfire. Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo has had issues with all of his managers. Girardi didn’t take a lot of interference as a rookie manager with the Marlins and it got him fired.
 
Now that Girardi’s got a resume with a World Series win and dealing with everything circling overhead in New York, he wouldn’t want Rizzo messing with him either. The Yankees are on a downslide, but Girardi won’t be blamed for that and he’s done the best managing job of his career in 2013 with this stitched together group.
 
PREDICTION: Girardi signs a new three-year deal making him the highest-paid manager in baseball.
 
John Gibbons – Blue Jays
 
The Blue Jays have underachieved horribly in 2013 and while GM Alex Anthopoulos has said that Gibbons will be back, will Anthopoulos? There haven’t been any rumblings about Anthopoulos’s job status, but it has to be under consideration to make a change in the GM’s office after this expensive debacle.
 
I liked the Gibbons hiring because I think he’s a good technical manager who lets the players know he’s the boss, but there’s no defending the Blue Jays organization this season. If Anthopoulos is fired, Gibbons won’t be back.
 
PREDICTION: The Blue Jays are going to fire Anthopoulos and Gibbons is collateral damage. He’ll go back to managing in the minors near his Texas home.  
 
Ned Yost – Royals
 
Yost’s contract is up at the end of the season and he’s been roundly criticized by many for his strategies and the club’s inconsistency, but he’s got the Royals over .500 and they contended late into September for the first time in forever. I don’t see how they can fire him unless they’re bringing in Girardi or George Brett decides he’d like to manage.
 
PREDICTION: Yost signs a two-year contract with an option for a third year coinciding with a similar extension for GM Dayton Moore. 
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9/25/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Wards_Page wrote:
Wedge needs to go. I wouldn't wish a stroke or any other medical condition on anyone, but the M's actually seemed to play better when he was away. They need a guy who can figure out a lineup and stick with it. Oh, and they still need to find three or four more guys who can hit the ball.

The offense was better than it's been in years. Strangely, the starting pitching behind Hernandez and Iwakuma betrayed them and the closer issue has to be resolved. I'd probably have moved on from Zduriencik. He hasn't done a good job and it's not all his fault. The worst thing that could've happened to him was to have the 85 win season in his first year. The expectations and appellations of "genius" were absurd and hindered his job. They'd have been better off losing 95 games.

9/25/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

Wedge needs to go. I wouldn't wish a stroke or any other medical condition on anyone, but the M's actually seemed to play better when he was away. They need a guy who can figure out a lineup and stick with it. Oh, and they still need to find three or four more guys who can hit the ball.