Which National League managers will be retained or fired?
Davey Johnson – Washington Nationals
Johnson won’t be back. We already know that. The big question for the Nationals is who will get that plum job with a roster loaded with talent and coming back from a disappointing season. Speculation has centered around bench coach Randy Knorr, Diamondbacks coach Matt Williams and Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Of the three, the on-the-surface obvious choice is Girardi. It may, however, not be the best idea in the world.
GM Mike Rizzo had problems with former manager Jim Riggleman, who quit. He had problems with Davey Johnson and probably would have fired him had it not been known that Johnson was retiring at season’s end. Girardi has the cachet not to take anything from Rizzo and the Nats won’t want to pay Girardi as much as it will take to get him. Knorr knows the organization and the structure of power with Rizzo. Williams knows Rizzo from the GM’s days with the Diamondbacks as their scouting director.
PREDICTION: Matt Williams will get the job.
Terry Collins – Mets
Mets fans don’t want to hear it, but Collins has done as good a job as could be expected with the talent he has on the roster. The players like him and play hard for him. He’s proven he can handle New York. The Mets have begun contract negotiations with Collins and there doesn’t appear to be any consideration at all to making a change.
PREDICTION: Collins will receive a two year contract extension.
Mike Redmond – Miami Marlins
Redmond is a rookie manager and has a very young team. They’ve lost 100 games, but that can hardly be blamed on Redmond. As much as people ridicule the Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria for the haphazard and outright dishonest manner in which he runs his team, they’re loaded with young talent especially on the mound. It’s not out of the question that Loria will make a managerial change just because he feels like it, but Redmond is an inexperienced manager handling a team of kids. They might as well let him learn along with the young players.
PREDICTION: Redmond will be retained.
Dale Sveum – Chicago Cubs
Although the Cubs are rebuilding and have a bursting farm system, Sveum is under scrutiny because of the fallback seasons experienced by Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Jeff Samardzija. Sveum has one year remaining on his contract, team president Theo Epstein hasn’t said whether his manager will be back and the decision will be made on Monday.