Every year, there are players, managers, general managers, heck, even infield and pitching coaches on the hot seat. Some will get axed, some will be given a second, or heck, even third or fourth chances.
The question is, how much fault can be given to the manager if a team doesn't fulfill expectations? Like the Red Sox last year after adding several pieces, including Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez, a team can fail for many reasons. The Red Sox last year lacked leadership, especially down the stretch. The regime in charge decided that they had seen enough of Francona and desired change.
When a team is successful, it's due to players succeeding and the system "working." When a team struggles, most of the time, the manager is made the scapegoat. That was made evident in Boston last year with the booze incident of September and subsequent collapse.
Who could be the victim of an axing if a team fails to produce, whether it be early on in the season or after a disappointing playoff exit? What follows is a list of five managers, with a list of what must accomplished this year to keep their job and what I expect from them in 2012.
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