Tuesday, May 19, 2009

First to Third: On the Hot Seat

One of my favorite parts of the long baseball season is when the men begin to separate themselves from the boys, the good teams from the bad teams. Unfortunately this time of year has begun and as the bad treams continue to drift further down the standings, here are some managers that will be on the hot seat as the summer begins:

Cecil Cooper, Houston Astros - Not only did the Astros win fewer games in spring training than a high school team, but Cooper claimed that Houston "should win 90" games this season. Oops. The Astros, off an accidental 86 win season, are 17-19 but don't really have pitching depth and if Houston continues to slip, Cooper will be out of a job.

Clint Hurdle, Colorado Rockies - 2007 seems so long ago for Colorado, who made their first World Series appearance that year and have been abysmal ever since. The Rockies are 14-22 this season in arguably the worst division in baseball despite entering Tuesday with a run differential of zero. A team that was supposed to be on the rise has only fallen since 2007. The axe should fall on Hurdle before the end of June.

Eric Wedge, Cleveland Indians - Despite what Cleveland management may say, Wedge has to take some of the blame for the Indians 14-25 start to 2009. The team was supposed to run away with the division last year, didn't come close and are on their way to finishing in the AL Central basement this year. Wedge seems to have management on his side, but I wouldn't be shocked if he were let go.

Bob Geren, Oakland Athletics - General Manager Billy Beane got the "win now" mandate from ownership and went out and made some moves to put the A's in contention in a mediocre AL West. Geren, who is 164-193 in two-plus seasons in Oakland has the A's in the AL West cellar at an American League worst 13-21 and may be the scapegoat for an underachieving team.

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