Top 10 2021 MLB General Managers (GMs) on the Hot Seat

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Top 10 2021 MLB General Managers (GMs) on the Hot Seat: Which GMs Are Getting the Pink Slip? Who is Getting the Hottest Seat for 2021?

Hello Everyone! Welcome to Sports Teller! Today, we will be going over the Top 10 2021 MLB General Managers (GMs) on the Hot Seat! In fact, we will be going over who could be safe from possible termination in 2021. Without further adieu, let’s begin!

Top 10 2021 MLB General Managers (GMs) on the Hot Seat

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Now that the 2021 MLB Season is almost here, now is the time to start speculating in terms of which General Managers (GM) will be on the hot seat. Even though 2021 Opening Day is not long from now, it’s never too early to evaluate each GM’s situation entering the new season. First, let’s reveal which general managers appeared to be safe from the hot seat:

GMs that are SAFE from the Hot Seat

A.J. Preller (Padres)

  • 1st Playoff Appearance Since 2006 (Snapped 3rd Longest Drought in the MLB)
  • Acquired LHP Blake Snell and RHP Yu Darvish in the Off-Season

Erik Neander (Rays)

  • Won 1st American League Pennant Since 2008
  • Consecutive Playoff Appearances for the First Time Since 2010-2011
  • Traded LHP Blake Snell to Padres in the Off-Season

Alex Anthopoulos (Braves)

  • Won 1st Playoff Series Since 2001
  • Back-to-Back Postseason Appearances for 1st Time Since 2012-2013
  • Signed RHP Charlie Morton in the Off-Season

Rick Hahn (White Sox)

  • 1st Playoff Appearance Since 2008
  • Hired Tony Las Russa as Manager in the Off-Season
  • Acquired RHP Lance Lynn in the Off-Season

Now, let’s talk about the 2021 GMs who could be let go by their respective teams. The rankings from 10-6 are the GMs that have a warm seat for 2021. Meanwhile, the rankings from 6-1 describe the general managers that have the hottest seat going into the 2021 campaign. Without further adieu, let’s reveal the hot seat managers for the upcoming season.

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Top 10 2021 MLB General Managers (GMs) Who Could be Fired During the 2021 Season

Warm Seat (10-6)

10. David Stearns (Brewers)

  • GM for Brewers Since 2015
  • Lost 2020 Wild Card Series to Eventual World Champion Dodgers
  • Has Not Won a Playoff Series Since 2018 NLDS
  • If Brewers Fail to Improve in 2021, Stearns Could be Fired

9. Mike Chernoff (Cleveland)

  • GM for Cleveland Since 2016
  • Lost 2020 Wild Card Series vs. Yankees
  • Traded INF Francisco Lindor and RHP Carlos Carrasco to Mets in the Off-Season
  • Team Has Not Won a Playoffs Since 2016 ALCS
  • If Cleveland Does Not Make the Postseason in 2021, Chernoff Could be Let Go

8. Mike Rizzo (Nationals)

  • GM for Nationals Since 2009
  • Came in Last Place in the NL East Division (26-34)
  • Signed OF Kyle Schwarber in the Off-Season
  • If Nationals Fail to Make the Playoffs in 2021, Rizzo Could be Fired

7. Ross Atkins (Blue Jays)

  • GM for Blue Jays Since 2015
  • Made the Playoffs in 2020, But Lost Wild Card Series vs. Rays
  • Failed to have a Deep Postseason Run despite Signing LHP Hyun-jin Ryu
  • If Toronto can not Improve in 2021, Atkins could be let go

6. Dayton Moore (Royals)

  • GM for Royals Since 2006
  • Club has only been to the playoffs twice since 2014
  • Last such appearance was in 2015 (Won World Series)
  • Hired Mike Matheny as Manager in 2020
  • Finished in 4th Place in AL Central Division in 2020 (26-34)

Hot Seat (5-3)

5. Mike Elias (Orioles)

  • GM for Orioles Since 2018
  • Came in 4th Place in the AL East Division in 2020 (25-35)
  • Has Not Been to the Playoffs Since 2016

4. Al Avila (Tigers)

  • GM for Tigers Since 2015
  • Finished Last in AL Central in 2019 (47-114) and 2020 (23-35)
  • Hired A.J. Hinch as Manager in the Off-Season
  • No playoff appearance since 2014

3. Jeff Bridich (Rockies)

  • GM for Rockies Since 2014
  • No Postseason Appearances Since 2018
  • Came in 4th Place in the NL West Division in 2020 (26-34)
  • INF Nolan Arenado Could be Traded in the Near Future

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Hottest Seat (2-1)

2. Jerry Dipoto (Mariners)

  • GM for Mariners Since 2015
  • Team has longest playoff drought in the majors (and professional sports)
  • Last postseason appearance was in 2001
  • Finished in 3rd Place in AL West in 2020 (27-33)

1. Mike Hazen (Diamondbacks)

  • GM for Dbacks Since 2016
  • Has Not Made the Playoffs Since 2017
  • Team Failed Expectations in 2020 Despite Signing Madison Bumgarner
  • Came in Last Place in the NL West Division in 2020 (25-35)

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