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Sport Madden: A look at managers who will be fired, could be fired ... and those who will be picking up end-of-season awards

18:35  08 september  2018
18:35  08 september  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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Still, there are those who will say Cora had the best team – especially after the Red Sox signed J.D. Martinez to finally fill that gaping hole in the middle of their lineup left by Big Papi David Ortiz’s departure in 2016 – and how do you overlook the jobs both Melvin and Cash have done.

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We have come to the time in the season where, aside from the pennant races, the subplot story is the managers – managers who are going to be fired, managers who might be fired and managers who are vying for Baseball Writers Association hardware at the end of the year.

We start with the latter group where Alex Cora of the Red Sox, Kevin Cash of the Tampa Bay Rays and Bob Melvin of the Athletics are in a fierce contest for American League manager of the year honors while, barring a huge collapse by his team, Brian Snitker of the Braves looks to be the overwhelming favorite to win the National League award. Coming off a 72-90 season last year, no one expected the Braves, with so many young, inexperienced players sprinkled throughout their lineup and pitching staff, to unseat the Nationals as NL East champions, but Snitker is doing just that. Assuming the Braves hang on – and the slumping Phillies don’t seem to be up to the challenge of catching them - it’ll be their first NL East title (and winning season) since 2013.

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Over in the American League, Cora undoubtedly will get strong support for leading the Red Sox to their first 100-win season since 1946 (and possibly their best season ever) in his rookie season as a manager. Still, there are those who will say Cora had the best team – especially after the Red Sox signed J.D. Martinez to finally fill that gaping hole in the middle of their lineup left by Big Papi David Ortiz’s departure in 2016 – and how do you overlook the jobs both Melvin and Cash have done.

After starting off 1-8, having jettisoned all of their best hitters, Evan Longoria, Steve Souza Jr., Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson over the winter, the Rays looked like they were going to be one of the worst teams in franchise history. But little by little they began scratching their way back, climbing over .500, 62-62 on Aug. 18 from where they’ve gone 13-3 since, en route to likely their first winning record since 2013. Who’d have thought the Rays would be playing meaningful games in September, but the folks in Tampa Bay have not given up hope the Rays might actually steal a wild card.

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Likewise, no one gave the A’s much hope of doing anything this season after three straight losing year - and on June 16 they were in fourth place in the AL West, 34-36. Since then they’ve been one of the hottest teams in baseball and if Melvin is able to navigate them past the Yankees for the top seed in the AL wild card game, he has to get strong consideration for manager of the year.

Now on to the endangered managers.

The only manager in baseball assured not to be coming back is John Gibbons in Toronto – a fate the affable Gibby seems to be just fine with. At 56, Gibbons has let the Blue Jays know he has no appetite to preside over a rebuild, which is what it’s going to be in Toronto for the next couple of years, but he’ll still be paid for the last year of his contract in ’19. Still uncertain is the fate of three other veteran managers, all of whom have experienced the highest levels of success with their respective clubs but are each struggling through woeful seasons in the last year of the contracts – Mike Scioscia with the Angels, Buck Showalter in Baltimore and Ned Yost in Kansas City.

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Earlier this year, the usually accurate Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that, with his contract expiring and the Angels heading toward a third straight losing season, Scioscia, 59, had decided to step down after the season. But Scioscia flatly denied the report a few days later, calling it “poppycock” and it’s anyone’s guess whether GM Billy Eppler wants a younger, more analytical manager or whether Scioscia really has tired of the seemingly hopeless situation in Anaheim and would like to test the free agent market.

It’s an even more dismal outlook for the 62-year-old Showalter in Baltimore (See Below) where he’s experiencing by far the worst season of his 20-year managerial career. For the past few years, he’s been locked in a power struggle with GM Dan Duquette, who seemed to have won out when he was allowed to execute the massive dismantling of the roster at the trading deadline – Manny Machado, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Jonathan Schoop, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach for 10 prospects now among their top 30 and a whole lot of international draft money. But Duquette’s contract is also up and Showalter is believed to have enough gravitas yet with Oriole ownership that the decision to stay or leave is still his. If so, does he have the stomach for a rebuild?

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As for Yost, 64, who’s also in the midst of a rebuilding job with the Royals, he’s said it would be much easier for him than a new manager unfamiliar with the players to oversee it. Best guess, he signs on for one more year.

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What is it about Seattle and the Mariners? Why can’t they win? Of the 30 teams in baseball, only Seattle and Washington have not been to the World Series and the Mariners have been around since 1977. Now they haven’t even been to the postseason since 2001 when Lou Piniella led them to an AL record 116 wins, only to lose out to the Yankees in the ALCS. In 2013, Seattle ownership approved a 10-year/$240 million deal – the fourth largest contract in baseball history – to Robinson Cano, who was supposed to be the cornerstone of many great Mariner seasons to come. In recent years, Mariners’ GM Jerry DiPoto has re-shaped the Mariners with a whirlwind of trades that netted, among others, shortstop Jean Segura, Dee Gordon, right fielder Mitch Haniger, left fielder Denard Span and starting pitchers Wade LeBlanc, Mike Leake and Marco Gonzalez - and still the Mariners have floundered out of contention.

Last Tuesday, before losing to the lowly Orioles to fall five games behind the A’s for the second wild card, Gordon and Segura reportedly engaged in a fight in the clubhouse. Not a good sign this latest Mariner ship can be righted.

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“I can only say this about why it’s so tough to win in Seattle – the travel,” said Piniella the other day. “We should have made it to the World Series in 2001, but we got stretched to five games by the Indians in the Division Series and I was one starter short against the Yankees. But overall, the Mariners routinely travel more than any team in baseball – their shortest road trip is 2 1/2 hours to Oakland, and over the course of the season I can tell you that takes its toll.”

You have to wonder what it must be like for Buck Showalter to wake up in the morning and see his Orioles are over 50 games out of first place. We’re talking an epic losing season here, well on track to surpass the worst deficit in the Orioles’ history which was 57 games in their 1954 maiden season in Baltimore. They also are well on their way to surpassing their all-time loss record of 107 in 1988. Since 1900, there have been 23 teams to finish 50 or more games out, the most recent being the ’98 Devil Rays (51) and Marlins (52). But take heart, Orioles faithful, with 20 games to go the O’s still have a mathematical chance to match the ’62 Mets’ all-time futility mark of 120 losses, 60 1/2 games behind.

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