With the MLB Hot Seat already on fire, some, like Mariners Manager Scott Servais, are finding themselves in uncomfortable positions. The 2022 season has already seen two MLB managers, Joe Girardi and Joe Maddon, fired from their respective teams. With Seattle falling out of playoff contention early this season, it’s time to look at the performance of Mariners manager Scott Servais and see who else might be on the MLB Hot Seat.
While some teams will potentially move on from their manager following the season, these three teams could make a move here sooner than later and as a result their managers find themselves on the MLB Hot Seat.
Sleepless in Seattle
What was supposed to be a dream season for Scott Servais and the Seattle Mariners has quickly turned into a nightmare. After just missing the playoffs last season, and finishing first in “fun differential”, Seattle was expecting to end North America’s longest playoff draught in 2022. After adding reigning AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray, Jesse Winker, Adam Frazier and Eugenio Suarez, Seattle expected to compete for the AL West.
Instead, they are 5 games under .500 and sit 13.5 back of the Houston Astros in the division. With a disappointing first half of the season, eyes are starting to turn to Mariners manager Scott Servais. While this is Seavis’ 7th season leading Seattle, this is likely the first time in his tenure that the playoffs were likely expected. Instead, the Mariners manager, who is the third longest tenured manager in the American League, likely finds himself square on the MLB Hot Seat.
Everything is Hotter in Texas
Rangers manager Chris Woodward finds himself in a similar position to Scott Servais. The Texas manager took over a rebuilding Rangers heading into the 2019 season. Unsurprisingly, the Rangers struggled, consistent with their low expectations.
Things changed for the Rangers in 2022 when the front office shelled out big bucks for Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. Despite the high profile acquisitions, Woodward finds himself in a nearly identical spot to the Mariners manager. At 3 games under .500 and 12.5 back of Houston, Woodward could find himself on the MLB Hot Seat as Rangers ownership can’t be happen with the on-field result.
When the Game Passes you by
To start, Tony La Russa is one of the best managers to ever be associated with the game. His long career has seen him win World Series championships with both the Athletics and Cardinals. However, it is becoming more and more clear that he no longer has what it takes to manage at the highest level of the game.
From questionable lineup decisions to a confusing intentional walk, La Russa has grown the ire of White Sox fans who are surprised to see their team 5.5 back of the Twins and sitting in third place in the AL Central. While La Russa’s friendship has kept him in favor with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, could the South Siders make a move with the hopes of sparking a fire under their team?
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