|Written by Mike|
Bet on the MLBThe Milwaukee Brewers got the ball rolling on the hot seat watch by firing manager Rob Roenicke. It will only be a matter of time before the next managerial firing in the big leagues. The only real question is just who will be next.
Terry Francona – Cleveland
Terry Francona hasn't been able to get the Indians up to a good start this year and the team has even struggled to win at home. This comes amid ongoing expectations for the Tribe to be a big competitor in their division.
Robin Ventura – Chicago White Sox
The White Sox made a big shakeup in the team's bullpen and even got a few big free agent acquisitions in Jeff Samardzija and Melky Cabrera. However, the White Sox have also failed to get on the winning side to start the season. While the White Sox might be hoping on a comeback anchored by young pitching prospect Carlos Rodon, it is unclear if Robin Ventura will stay with the team as its manager for within the foreseeable future.
Ryne Sandberg – Philadelphia
Just because Ryne Sandberg was a popular player with the Chicago Cubs doesn't mean he has been a popular manager in Philadelphia. The Phillies have struggled to win since he became the manager. To make things worse, the Phils' roster is filled with plenty of older veterans who haven't been up to par in recent time. There's a good chance that the team might want to start all over with a totally new lineup.
Lloyd McClendon – Seattle
Lloyd McClendon had been given more than enough talent to work with in Seattle. In addition to star ace Felix Hernandez, the team had brought in Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano and had paid quite a premium for those two players.
Naturally, all four of these teams could improve over time and the hot seat talk could die out. Still, the possibility for any of these managers to be out of a job in the next few weeks or months could be a serious point to watch for.