MLB Betting Trade Report on Managers On The Hot Seat

Posted by Alex Murphy on August 3, 2015 in

Attractive as it is to lead a Major League Franchise and be responsible for the success of a whole city or region, being a manager in the MLB is one of the ficklest jobs on earth, where failure to achieve success is considered highly sacrilegious and worthy of beheading. In essence, that’s the reason why figurative term like a manager is about to be axed or his head is on the chopping block are common parlances in the world of coaching hires and fires. For a manager like Toronto’s John Gibbons, the recently concluded MLB Trade Deadline accorded him some time to cool off from the managerial hot seat, thanks to some solid trades that could make the Blue Jays strong playoff contenders. However, for the following managers, their hot seats are still blazing with a lot of heat, either because they did not do enough trades, or their teams don’t look strong enough to achieve the MLB betting odds expectations from their franchises and supporters across the world.

MLB Betting Trade Report on Managers On The Hot Seat

Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox

The White Sox have arguably been one of the most underwhelming teams in 2015. After being projected as a top team to watch in the AL Central title race, the White Sox are just 50-53 for the season, which places them at second-last in the division, 11.5 games behind the division-leading Royals. Lately, Ventura and his team have shown some improvements on both ends of the ball, including winning 7 of the last 10 games. But with White Sox fans hoping for at least a playoff berth, failure to do so could condemn Ventura to the sack.

Bryan Price, Cincinnati Reds

Thanks to the Trade Deadline that saw Johnny Cueto join the Royals, baseball fans no longer have any reason to watch the Reds, whose grey performances as a team in 2015 is the reason Cueto left Cincinnati in search for greener pastures in Kansas City. Add that to the fact that the Reds are just 47-56 for the season, second last in NL Central, and a whopping 19.0 games behind the division-leading Cardinals, the hot seat couldn’t be any redder for Reds manager Price.

Lloyd McClendon, Seattle Mariners

After leading the Mariners to a good-enough 2014 season in his first year as the team’s manager and orienting a lot of hope for a big year in 2015, McClendon has failed to live up to the expectations, with the Mariners logged at second-last in the AL West with a 48-58 record, which is 12 games behind the Astros, who lead the division. To his credit, though, Nelson Cruz and or Mark Trumbo have performed serviceably in the attack, but with the rest of the offense continuing to struggle; it is probably safe to say that the Mariners won’t be featuring in the October games, which could pile a lot of pressure to his already embattled job.

Terry Collins, New York Mets

Collins and the Mets were big winners in the Trade Deadline. On normal occasions, that should be a good relief, but for Collins, it probably makes things worse for him, as he now has to deliver results without further excuses. As a fifth-year manager who has never broken the 80-win plateau, failing to lead the Mets (who are currently 55-50 and are tied atop the NL East with the Nationals) beyond the 80-win mark will be a huge failure on his part, something that will almost guarantee that he is evicted from his job.

John Farrell, Boston Red Sox

The list of Farrell’s accomplishments as a manager are endless, but looking at the pathetic collapse of the Red Sox from one of the top-3 favorites to win the 2015 World Series to having the worst record in the AL East and a dead-bottom placement in the American League standings, you can’t help but feel that Farrell is duly deserving of being in the hot seat and should be fired sooner rather than later. Plus, nearly everything he’s done, from bringing in the likes of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez to smooth-talking the media, is not working, so rather than watch his name dragged through the mud get himself continually tortured by being in the hot seat, an exit from Boston would do him (and his many critics) a lot of good.