3 MLB Managers Already on the Hot Seat
By Larry Rupp
The 2021 MLB season has been underway for a few weeks now and it definitely isn't going as some teams expected it. There are squads outperforming expectations like the Seattle Mariners (11-7), but there are also teams disappointing so far such as the New York Yankees (6-11).
These struggling starts aren't to blame on any particular part of the team, but a lot of it does have to do with the manager leading the way. With that in mind, here are three MLB managers already on the hot seat.
1. Aaron Boone, New York Yankees
There is no question that Aaron Boone is on the hot seat following the Yankees poor start to the season. The team just cannot get going right now. They rank No. 27 in the MLB when it comes to runs scored per game (3.47) and No. 24 in on-base percentage (0.296). That is a massive drop from last year when they finished in the top 3 of both of those statistics. There is no excuse for a Yankees team that features the second-highest payroll in all of baseball. Boone better hope he can turn things around quickly and get this team back to the postseason.
2. Luis Rojas, New York Mets
Luis Rojas is in just his second season of being the New York Mets' manager, but it is not going well so far. The Mets failed to reach the playoffs last season and are now fighting to stay around a .500 record in 2021. The team ranks dead last in the MLB averaging just 3.23 runs per game and cannot play reliable defense out on the diamond (0.85 errors per game). That is disappointing given the Mets went all-in this past offseason by trading for shortstop Francisco Lindor. In the end, Rojas hasn't exactly won over the Mets fan base yet and that could eventually lead to his downfall.
3. Rocco Baldelli, Minnesota Twins
This one may seem like a stretch, as Rocco Baldelli has lead the Minnesota Twins the the playoff in each of the last two seasons, but it isn't unrealistic by any means. The Twins are off to a poor 6-11 start to the season and are posting statistics that rank in the middle of the pack in almost every category. They seem to have come out of the gate a bit slow. The only way Baldelli would be fired here is if the Twins fall apart and keep losing games. Finishing with a record under .500 would almost certainly lead to the end for him.
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