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Managers on the hot seat in K.C. and Philly

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08:12 AM ET 03.29 | Regular season baseball now sits on the weekend's horizon. In advance of the first pitch on Sunday, we're going to post some bold predictions for the upcoming season. Some are meant to be serious, others a little light-hearted. Here are today's predictions: First AL Manager fired: Ned Yost, Royals. ... When raised expectations meet middling results, exit interviews tend to follow. So it will be with Ned Yost and the Royals. The Royals, of course, paid dearly for a shot at contention this season. ... First NL Manager fired: Charlie Manuel, Phillies. ... Combine the lame-duck status, [Ryne Sandberg's] presence and the potential for a slow start, and the writing sure seems to be on the wall for Manuel and the Phillies.

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March 29, 2013  09:37 AM ET

It was a great run for the Phillies and Charlie. Hopefully they can make another push this year for the NL East. Should be interesting if the team stays healthy!

March 29, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Marble Mouth manuel is like the "Guest Who Wouldn't Leave"... Mumbling, Bumbling Idiot... After his press conferences, sportscasters ask: "Whatt'd he say"???????

March 29, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It was a great run for the Phillies and Charlie. Hopefully they can make another push this year for the NL East. Should be interesting if the team stays healthy!

Not with the Nats and improved Braves. They'll be bookend between them and the Mets/Marlins.

March 29, 2013  10:49 AM ET

wiseup:two other managers on hot seat: Mike Scoisia, with the money spent on free agents Pulhos, Hamilton, Cj Wilson, just to name a few. Sciosia got a free pass last season. That won't happen this year. No more exuses. The other one is Eric Wedge in Seatle. He has been there several years with little improvement. has been in cellar for several years. this could be the first year they don't finish in cellar, only because Houston has joined the division. Wedge could be first AL manager fired.

March 29, 2013  11:04 AM ET

wiseup: Nl managers on hot seat are of couse is Chalie Maneul in Philly. Two others are Ron Roenicke in Milwaukee. the brewers have finished third the past several years and have been unable to make up any ground on St. L. or Cin. The other one is Clint Hurdle, He Pirates have come the closest to break 20 year losing streak. Last two years they compete well with rest of division until All-Star break and then fade into the Pirates of old. Huntington will make change if Pirates can't Hurdle that losing streak

March 29, 2013  11:17 AM ET

wiseup : other managers who might be looking for jobsduring or after season are Terry Collins of Mets, Bud Black in SD. Kirk Gibson in Arizona, Ron Washington in Texas, Ron Gardenhire in Minn. In Florida, who knows what Loria will do. Will he fire Redmond if the Marlins perform to expectation. Loria's Motto seems to be: I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.

March 29, 2013  01:35 PM ET

I can understand Charlie being on the Hot Seat.

But how can you have Yost on the Hot Seat?
This is first time since Willie Wilson & U.L. Washington that the Royals have had a decent roster.

March 29, 2013  01:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

wiseup:two other managers on hot seat: Mike Scoisia, with the money spent on free agents Pulhos, Hamilton, Cj Wilson, just to name a few. Sciosia got a free pass last season. That won't happen this year. No more exuses. The other one is Eric Wedge in Seatle. He has been there several years with little improvement. has been in cellar for several years. this could be the first year they don't finish in cellar, only because Houston has joined the division. Wedge could be first AL manager fired.

Scioscia is absolutely safe. After Mike Trout came up, they had the best record in baseball. Their starting picthing wasn't great (Haren and Santana had awful years) and their bullpen was worse and yet they still had a better record than the team that went to (and lost) the World Series.

...and the fact that almost every team in MLB would fire their managers immediately to hire Scioscia makes him pretty safe in Anaheim.

March 29, 2013  01:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Marble Mouth manuel is like the "Guest Who Wouldn't Leave"... Mumbling, Bumbling Idiot... After his press conferences, sportscasters ask: "Whatt'd he say"???????

Your just jealous because the Mets don't have press conferences because the Mets are irrelevant

March 29, 2013  02:07 PM ET

If the Angels end up letting Mike Scioscia go the dodgers should juam at the chance to bring him back into the dodgers fold. Mike is an awesome manager, the Angels have a decent team. Unfortuantely there always becomes a time when the message just doesn't translate any longer to the group that your preaching to as is the case with Mike and his current flock.

This would serve the dodgers well. They really need to upgrade their manager position, that guy they have in there now is a hitting coach, plain and simple. Mattingly is way over his head, Scioscia can manage circles around Mattingly

March 29, 2013  02:52 PM ET

I hereby nominate the Marlboro Man himself ! Jim (expletive) Leyland !!

March 29, 2013  03:14 PM ET

My choice for Al manger fired maybe John Gibbons if the Jays are out of the division race, and I agree with the Nl choice Charley Manuel.

March 29, 2013  04:38 PM ET

The day of The Free Rides are over, produce or your out like a light!!!

March 29, 2013  04:41 PM ET
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wiseup : other managers who might be looking for jobsduring or after season are Terry Collins of Mets, Bud Black in SD. Kirk Gibson in Arizona, Ron Washington in Texas, Ron Gardenhire in Minn. In Florida, who knows what Loria will do. Will he fire Redmond if the Marlins perform to expectation. Loria's Motto seems to be: I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.

What, exactly, are the Marlins' expectations - anywhere but last place?

March 29, 2013  05:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

wiseup : other managers who might be looking for jobsduring or after season are Terry Collins of Mets, Bud Black in SD. Kirk Gibson in Arizona, Ron Washington in Texas, Ron Gardenhire in Minn. In Florida, who knows what Loria will do. Will he fire Redmond if the Marlins perform to expectation. Loria's Motto seems to be: I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was going to blame you.

Bud Black isn't going anywhere, he's probably more secure than Bruce Bochy. I say Ron Washington is the 1st to go. I say Hamilton will make Scoscia look like the genious that he made Washington look like.

March 29, 2013  06:21 PM ET

wiseup : I when I Asked if Loria would fire Redmund for performing to expectations.
Nobody expects Marlins to finish any where but last. Loria might expect more, never mind there is a severe lack of talent. Redmond has his hands full.

March 29, 2013  07:33 PM ET

I can understand the manager in KC because of all that young talent, but Philly is ALL the gm for the lack of talent and uninjured players provided Manual...

 
March 30, 2013  09:57 AM ET

wiseup: Last year Yost got KC out of their annual trip to cellar and finished in third place. Yost will be given another year to see what he can do with a much better team than he has had in past years.

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