There's a little over six weeks left in the 2019 MLB season and it's an exciting time to be a baseball fan. The Wild Card race is heating up considerably and several managers who were once on the hot seat may be doing just enough to save their jobs for another year, at the very least.
However, there are still a few managers that have yet to turn their club's fortunes around no matter how hard they've tried and could be fired before season's end.
With that in mind, here are three managers that could see the axe by the end of August.
3. Brandon Hyde, Baltimore Orioles
Things have been absolutely terrible in Baltimore this season and while all of the blame can't be pinned on Brandon Hyde, he's easily expendable. The Orioles (38-77) are on pace to lose 100 games for the second consecutive year despite the rookie manager's best efforts to right the ship. The O's could give Hyde a little leeway considering they just appointed him as manager this past offseason. However, the O's are a team in transition and if they believe that they can find a more suitable manager to lead the club back to contention, Hyde could be on his way out of Baltimore before season's end.
2. Ron Gardenhire, Detroit Tigers
Brandon Hyde would definitely be sitting in this spot had it not been for Tigers skipper Ron Gardenhire. Detroit has been absolutely abysmal under 61-year-old's leadership, owning the league's worst record (35-78) while sitting close to or in dead-last in most major statistical categories (.238 batting average, No. 30 in MLB, 5.15 ERA, No. 27 in MLB) Not all of the Tigers' woes are his fault, but Gardenhire might be keeping the seat warm for the club's long-term solution at manager at this point. If the organization believes that an internal solution is the best course of action, Gardenhire could be out the door come September.
1. Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates
Clint Hurdle is one of the longest-tenured managers in baseball, but his time in Pittsburgh could be coming to an end after nine years at the helm. Right in the thick of the NL Wild Card hunt (44-45) heading into the All-Star break, the Pirates have been the worst team in baseball since the end of the Mid-summer Classic, posting a 4-22 record over their last 26 games. There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding Pittsburgh's future and if the club has nothing to play for come September, the front office may want to give the 61-year-old manager the axe in order to go in a different direction.
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