5 Managers on the Hot Seat at MLB's Midseason Mark

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5 Managers on the Hot Seat at MLB's Midseason Mark
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By early next week, every team will have gone through at least 81 of the 162-game gauntlet that is the 2013 baseball season.

As with any group, leadership is essential. To navigate the ebbs and flows of a baseball campaign, it becomes vital.

Over the years, the relative importance of managers has diminished in the public eye, and for good reason. Skippers are not miracle workers, but simply tasked with molding the group handed to them into the best outfit possible.

The trail and tribulation of changing managers during the season can yield mixed results, but ultimately, if a general manager or owner feels a change is necessary in the present, it will happen.

With competitive balance across the sport and/or long-term rebuilding projects very unlikely to yield drastic measures, the number of managers on the hot seat this month isn't what it was, say, just a decade ago, but that doesn't mean the temperature isn't rising for these five managers.

Without further ado, the five managers on the hot seat at MLB's midseason mark.

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