Top 10 2023 MLB Managers on the Hot Seat

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Top 10 2023 MLB Managers on the Hot Seat: Which Managers Are Getting the Pink Slip? Who is Getting the Hottest Seat for 2023? Who is Safe?

Hello Everyone! Welcome to Sports Teller! Today, we will be going over the Top 10 2023 MLB Managers on the Hot Seat! In fact, we will be going over who could be safe from possible termination in 2023. Without further adieu, let’s begin!

Top 10 2023 MLB Managers on the Hot Seat

Now that the 2023 regular season is finally here, now is the time to start speculating in terms of which managers will be on the hot seat. Even though 2023 Opening Day wasn’t that long ago, it’s never too early to evaluate each manager’s situation entering the new season. First, let’s reveal which managers appeared to be safe from the hot seat:

2023 Managers Who Are SAFE From the Hot Seat

Scott Servais (Mariners)

  • Ended the Longest Active Playoff Drought in Professional Sports in 2022 (Last Appearance in 2001)
  • Acquired RHP Luis Castillo from Reds Last Year

Brandon Hyde (Orioles)

  • Led O’s to 1st Winning Record Since 2016
  • C Adley Rutschman was Runner-Up for AL Rookie of the Year in 2022
  • Signed RHP Kyle Gibson in the Off-Season

Terry Francona (Guardians)

  • Guided Cleveland to First AL Central Title Since 2018
  • 1st Postseason Series Win Since 2016 ALCS (Won Wild Card Series vs. Rays)

Craig Counsell (Brewers)

  • Finished Above 0.500 in 4 of Last 5 Campaigns, Including Last Year
  • Eight 80-Win Seasons Since 2011
  • RHP Corbin Burnes Won the NL Cy Young in 2021

Now, let’s talk about the 2023 managers who could be let go by their respective teams. The rankings from 10-6 are the managers that have a warm seat for 2023. Meanwhile, the rankings from 6-1 describe the managers that have the hottest seat going into the 2023 campaign. Without further adieu, let’s reveal the Top 10 2023 MLB Managers for the upcoming season.

Top 10 2023 MLB Managers Who Could be Fired During the Season

Warm Seat (10-6)

  1. Rocco Baldelli (Twins)
  • Manager for Minnesota Since 2019
  • Missed the Playoffs in Back-to-Back Seasons for the 1st Time Since 2011-2016
  • Dealt DH Nelson Cruz to Rays in 2021
  • Lost RHP Jake Odorizzi to Astros via Free Agency in 2021
  • If Twins Do Not Improve This Year, Baldelli Could be Fired
  1. Gabe Kapler (Giants)
  • Manager for San Francisco Since 2020
  • Has Not Won a Playoff Series Since 2014 (Won World Series)
  • Team Underperformed Last Season Despite Winning the NL West in 2021
  • C Buster Posey Retired from the MLB in 2021
  • Nearly Signed Carlos Correa in the Off-Season, but was Voided Due to Failed Physical
  • If Giants Do Not Keep Up with Padres & Dodgers, Kapler Could be Let Go
  1. David Ross (Cubs)
  • Manager for Chicago-NL Since 2020
  • Traded INFs Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant & Javier Baez in 2021
  • Has Not Made the Postseason Since 2020
  • Failed to Get to 75 Victories in Consecutive Seasons (2021 & 2022)
  • If Cubs Do Not Reach at Least 80 Wins This Year, Ross Could be Fired
  1. Mark Kotsay (Athletics)
  • Manager for Oakland Since 2022
  • Since Bob Melvin Left for San Diego in Late 2021, A’s Went into Rebuild Mode
  • Last Year, the Team Suffered its 1st 100-Loss Season Since 1979 (54-108)
  • Traded INF Matt Chapman to Blue Jays in 2022
  1. Derek Shelton (Pirates)
  • Manager for Pittsburgh Since 2020
  • Longest Active Playoff Drought in the Nationals League (2015)
  • OF Bryan Reynolds Requested a Trade During the Off-Season
  • Has Lost at Least 100 Contests in Back-to-Back Campaigns
  • Looking to Reach 80 Wins in a Season for the 1st Time Since 2018 (82-79)

Hot Seat (5-1): Top 10 2023 MLB Managers in Trouble

  1. Bud Black (Rockies)
  • Manager for Colorado Since 2017
  • Has not Been to the Postseason since 2018
  • Finished 4th Place or Worse in the NL West for the 4th Straight Season
  • Club Underperformed Last Season Despite Signing INF Kris Bryant
  1. David Bell (Reds)
  • Manager for Cincinnati Since 2019
  • Dealt RHP Sonny Gray to Twins Last Season
  • No Playoff Appearances Since 2020
  • Only 2 Winning Records in Last 9 Campaigns (2020 & 2021)
  • Lost INF Mike Moustakas to Rockies via Free Agency in 2023
  • Last Year, Team Suffered its 1st 100-Loss Season Since 1982
  1. A.J. Hinch (Tigers)
  • Manager for Detroit Since 2021
  • Team is tied with Angels for the Longest Active Playoff Drought in the MLB (2014)
  • Traded INF Isaac Paredes to Rays Last Year
  • Finished in 4th Place for Worse in the AL Central in 4 of Last 6 Seasons
  • No Winning Record Since 2016 (86-75)
  1. Torey Lovullo (Diamondbacks)
  • Manager for Arizona Since 2017
  • Has Not Made the Postseason Since 2017
  • Dealt 1B Paul Goldschmidt to Cardinals in 2019
  • Lost 110 Games During the 2021 Season
  • Has Not Won 80 or More Games in a Campaign Since 2019
  1. Dave Martinez (Nationals)
  • Manager for Washington Since 2018
  • Team has not Made the Postseason Since 2019 (Won World Series)
  • Traded OF Juan Soto to Padres Last Year
  • Came in 4th Place in the NL East in 2020
  • Finished in Last Place in AL East for Two Straight Seasons (2021-2022)
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