It happens every year, usually toward the middle of the summer. Senior team management and ownership begin to evaluate where their respective club sits in the standings, and what pieces are and are not working.
Yes, players will be traded, and prospects will be called up from the farm system. But several managers will be on the proverbial "hot seat," as their jobs could be in imminent jeopardy.
In 2012, there were two managerial changes during the regular season. The Houston Astros fired Brad Mills on August 18 (along with their hitting and first base coaches). And on September 27, the Indians released Manny Acta as manager.
This year, there seem to be a lot more managers on the bubble—some who have garnered lots of respect and success during their respective tenures. Here's a look at who is likely to stay and who is likely to leave the manger's chair this summer.