MLB Power Rankings: 5 Managers Who May Follow Bob Geren out the Door
The Oakland Athletics have finally fired manager Bob Geren—the first managerial firing in what could be a long mid-season coaching carousel.
Former Arizona Diamondbacks skipper Bob Melvin will be the interim skipper in Oakland.
Geren's firing had been a long time coming, as his name has been on the hot seat for quite some time now.
Plenty more managers are currently on the hot seat. Who will be the next to get the boot? Here are five other managers who could looking for a new job in the near future.
5. Ozzie Guillen: Chicago White Sox
The White Sox had high hopes heading into 2011 after bringing in power-hitting Adam Dunn and re-signing first baseman Paul Konerko. But at this point, it seems that both the team's offense and pitching staff have collapsed around Guillen.
The Sox have crawled back to 30-34, but Guillen may be at the point where only a division title can save his job.
4. Mike Quade: Chicago Cubs
Personally, I thought this was a silly hire from the start. While Mike Quade himself may not be let go, the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a transformation—which we will see when free agency arrives—and Quade may need to be a part of the change.
Quade closed out the 2010 season as the Cubbies manager, going 24-13 and securing the job full-time. So far in 2011, the Cubs are 24-36 and are already 11.5 games out of first place in the NL Central.
Quade needs to earn his job. If he doesn't turn things around fast, he may be out before any potential Pujols or Fielder era even begins.
3. Ned Yost: Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals got off to a fast start in 2011, floating at or above .500 through the first month of the season. However, since May 1st, the Royals are 12-23 and are back to playing, well, typical Royals' baseball.
Ned Yost took over as manager mid-way through last season and to this point has compiled a 81-108 record.
With all the young talent in Kansas City, the Royals are looking to take steps forward. Ned Yost may not be the man for the job.
2. Brad Mills: Houston Astros
After leading the Houston Astros on a late surge in 2010 to finish with a 76-86 record, Brad Mills and the Astros have been flat out of the gate in 2011.
Currently sitting at an NL-worst 24-38 on the season, the Astros need to decide whether they think Mills is the right manager heading into the future.
The Astros' pitching staff has been atrocious in 2011 and the teams run differential is minus-57—among the worst in all of baseball.
1. Jim Riggleman: Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman is next in line to get canned—and rightfully so.
Riggs took over as the Nats' skipper mid-way through the 2009 season and has done nothing to change the losing ways in Washington. In parts of three seasons, Riggs has accumulated a paltry 129-170 record—a far cry from acceptable for the Nationals' franchise.
After a decent start to the 2011 season, his squad has fallen to 27-35 and is 10 games out of the race in the NL East. Riggleman is clearly not the right man to lead the Nationals into the Strasburg-Harper era.