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Hot-Seat MLB Managers Who Need to Finish Strong
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A wise man once said "We fear change," and he's absolutely right. It's far easier and less risky to stick with what you know, even if the results aren't what you hoped for and sometimes make you want to take a hammer to a robotic, prosthetic hand.

But change is a necessary evil, especially in baseball, where success is gauged on wins and losses. 

Just ask Bo Porter, who was recently dismissed as manager of the Houston Astros. While he may wind up as the only skipper to lose his job during the regular season seeing as how there's only a few weeks left, he won't be the only one looking for work before the end of the calendar year.

You could make an argument for Texas' Ron Washington to be the next to go, considering that he's one of the worst tacticians in the game. But it'd be absolute lunacy to blame him for the Rangers' injury woes this season, and his players genuinely seem to love playing for him. There's value in that.

Philadelphia's Ryne Sandberg would normally be another candidate for the chopping block, but the team's interim president, Pat Gillick, recently confirmed to CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury that the Hall of Fame second baseman's job is safe.

Just like general manager Ruben Amaro and team president David Montgomery, who is off recovering from jaw cancer surgery, Gillick seems to believe that the year is 2009 and that the Phillies are in far better shape than they actually are.

But I digress.

There are a handful of managers, all of whom have been afforded a substantial amount of time to turn their teams into winners, who should be feeling a warm sensation building underneath them every time they sit in the dugout.

There's only one possible way to soothe that heat, and it's to win more games than they lose from here on out.

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