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MLB Managers on the Hot Seat

Mike Esposito
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A little over two months are left in the 2019 Major League Baseball season and by now, most teams have revealed their true colors. While several factors, like injury or suspension, may be out of a team's control, a struggling team's manager still has plenty of blame to shoulder for his club's disappointing performance.

With that in mind, here are three Major League skippers who will be managing for their jobs for the remainder of the season.

3. Dave Martinez, Washington Nationals

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The Washington Nationals have gone 31-13 since the beginning of June, but their recent surge may not save Dave Martinez's job. The second-year manager has been on the hot seat since the start of the season after leading his club to a disappointing 82-80 finish in 2018, and this year's slow start hasn't exactly helped his case. While the Nationals' recent run has been impressive, anything short of a postseason appearance in 2019 could see Martinez out the door.

2. Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs

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Joe Maddon has been revered as a savior in Chicago after leading the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years. However, no one is immune from the axe. The Cubs have slipped over the past two seasons and, with a 54-47 record and just a one game lead in the NL Central, Chicago is in a dogfight to make the postseason. Maddon's contract is up at the end of the season, and if the Cubs fail to make the postseason, the 65-year-old manager could out of a job in the offseason.

1. Mickey Callaway, New York Mets

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From locker room confrontations with reporters to allegedly deferring to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen for in-game decisions, 2019 has completely flown off the rails for Mickey Callaway. Despite being given a talented roster, the second-year skipper has led the Mets to an underwhelming 46-55 record this season. Barring a miracle turnaround over the last 61 games of the season, Callaway could be out the door at the end of year.


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