Major League Baseball is about to get a serious face-lift on the managerial front this offseason considering that already this regular season there have been five managerial firings. These include Seattle's Don Wakamatsu, Kansas City's Trey Hillman, Baltimore's Dave Trembley, Arizona's AJ Hinch, and Florida's Fredi Gonzlez.
Once this season ends, we won't see Bobby Cox, still managing the contending Braves, or Lou Pinella, who got a head start on retirement, any longer as a manager. The duo have combined for over 4,300 major league victories, six National League pennants with a pair of World Series titles.
We can't forget about Cito Gaston who is managing in his final season with the Toronto Blue Jays and his managing career. Gaston has as many World Series titles (two) as Pinella and Cox.
Yet as we look upon this season as the Year of the Pitcher how about we have a standing ovation for the Year of the Manager? This offseason will dictate the future of Major League Baseball for years to come because as many as 10 teams will have probable openings with a few other teams on the bubble depending on the rest of the hirings or firings. That's nearly three quarters of the entire league, perhaps getting a new manager from Opening Day 2010.
Even though the regular season ends in early October, expect for their to be as much as a handful of managerial moves during the postseason.
In an earlier article, I wrote about the possible MLB managerial changes this offseason and headlined those teams but a lot has changed and with a month left in the regular season, this can be seen as the update to what's to come, whose on each teams radar, and the probable choice for the team's new manager.