Which MLB manager will be the first to get the axe this year?
Of course, some have a little more job security than others, and some are on the list solely because their contract expires at the end of the season. On the other hand, some have been on the hot seat for a year already, and are one losing streak away from getting canned. Then, there are even some who don't have much of a track record one way or the other, but are just in tenuous positions.
Some of the managers on the list, like Terry Collins (Mets), Ned Yost (Royals), Eric Wedge (Mariners) and Mike Redmond (Marlins), will probably be gone by the end of the year just because their teams are terrible. They might not necessarily be bad managers, but their teams are undoubtedly looking at a pretty awful record out of the chute, so it wouldn't be shocking if their respective ownership decided to do something about it.
Other managers, as mentioned before, are on the list only because it's the last year of their contract. Jim Leyland (Tigers), Joe Girardi (Yankees), Charlie Manuel (Phillies), and Ron Gardenhire (Twins) will either have a decision to make, or convince their team to buy into them again.
In the case of Clint Hurdle in Pittsburgh, he'll need to avoid another late season meltdown like last year. If the Pirates continue to show signs of improvement, as many people expect this year, he'll be fine. If not, they might be force to look to someone else.
Last but not least, there are several managers who have pretty high expectations for this year. Mike Scioscia (Angels), Joe Girardi (Yankees), and Don Mattingly (Dodgers) might have to win their respective divisions if they want to hold on to their jobs.
Which manager do you think is going to get fired first this season? It's inevitable that SOMEONE will at some point, so who will it be?