Joe Maddon became the second MLB manager to be fired this season when the Los Angeles Angels severed ties with him during a dismal losing streak. The Philadelphia Phillies also let Joe Girardi loose at the end of May following a couple of lackluster seasons that resulted in no playoff berths.
It's safe to say they won't be the only ones left without jobs before the regular season comes to an end in early October. Teams struggling to win ballgames and live up to expectations can be found all across the league. Here's a look at three of the most likely MLB managers to be fired next.
MLB Managers Fired
1. Tony La Russa, Chicago White Sox
Not all hope is lost for the Chicago White Sox, but fans certainly didn't anticipate the team to be under .500 entering the month of June. In fact, Chicago was expected to run away in an AL Central division that lacks elite competition. It's easy to look at injuries to players like Lance Lynn and Eloy Jimenez and think the White Sox are simply unlucky. However, they have posted the seventh-worst run differential in the majors (-57). There's no denying that manager Tony La Russa does not have his team in a winning mindset right now. He could be gone if things don't start turning around soon.
2. Mike Matheny, Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals are one of the worst teams in baseball right now. They own the second-worst run differential in the sport (-90) and are tied for the worst winning percentage (.339). The most disappointing part is a lot of KC fans came into this season with high hopes. The Royals had a winning record at the 2021 All-Star break before falling apart down the stretch and boast a roster full of young players capable of bouncing back. That just hasn't happened and blaming manager Mike Matheny is a justified way to go. It wouldn't be the first time he was canned in the middle of a season, either.
3. David Bell, Cincinnati Reds
David Bell finds himself in a very similar situation as Matheny. The Reds finished the 2021 season with a winning record (83-79) before they sent away stars like Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez in the offseason. It's all gone downhill from there. Cincinnati won just three of its first 25 games of the 2022 season and currently sits at the bottom of the National League Central division. While Bell's contract goes through the 2023 season, MLB teams rarely like to enter a year with a manager on an expiring contract. That makes the likelihood of the Reds firing him jump much higher.
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