As the 2018 MLB season quickly approaches expectations for all organizations is at an all-time high. That feeling of optimism can quickly change once the season gets underway especially as teams begin to underperform. It is those men at the helm who are dealing with the fallout of those expectations as baseball can see multiple changes in leadership in 2018.
Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels
Josh Paul a really smart hire as bench coach by the Angels. Highly respected within NYY organization for his work there, plus this: Mike Scioscia’s contract runs out after next year, and if he or the Angels move in another direction, Paul a potential candidate.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 21, 2017
MLB’s longest-tenured manager is Mike Scioscia. Scioscia who has been with the Los Angeles Angels since 2000, has compiled 1570 victories in his managerial career and one World Series title in his 18-year career for the franchise. Despite those numbers, things have not been pretty for Scioscia in recent memory as the Angels have not made the post-season since 2014 where they were swept and have not won a playoff game since 2009. While he has had success it has not been by any means substantial, making the playoffs only in 7 of his 18 seasons at the helm. With a roster that is currently full of talent including perennial all-star Mike Trout as his star expectations are high. The time for the Angels to make their move is now with free-agency looming for Trout and that is something the tea has taken notice of as they have attempted to stockpile talent. With Justin Upton re-upping, the addition of Ian Kinsler, Zack Cozart, and Shohei Ohtani, Scioscia has been given the players now it is up to him. If he is to come out of the gates and falter early don’t be surprised to see the Angels make one more move, this time at manager.
Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles
The three-time manager of the year, Buck Showalter has had a storied career in MLB. Taking the Baltimore Orioles to the playoffs in 3 of his 8 seasons with the team is no small feat in a division shared with the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. It is well known however that success in the past does not guarantee it for the future. With the Orioles primed for a rebuild and the potential departure of franchise player Manny Machado, the Orioles can be looking to clean house leaving Showalter as a casualty.
Don Mattingly, Miami Marlins
It is no secret that the Miami Marlins are in a complete rebuild. The team has nearly traded and or released every one of notoriety including those in management and scouting. To little fault of his own, he is entering his third season with the organization and has compiled a record of (156-167). As the organization has shown they are not afraid to make changes and with the rebuild looking like it is only in the earliest of stages it would not be surprising to see the Marlins cut bait with Mattingly or for him to jump ship.
Mike Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals
— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) September 29, 2017
Two straight seasons without post-season play is cause for concern for the St. Louis Cardinals. There have been whispers in St. Louis that it is time for a change for the historic franchise despite Matheny’s success with the team. The only organization he has ever known as a manager, Matheny has a .560 win percentage to go along with one NL Pennant in 2013. With a retooled team this year led by the high-profile acquisition of former Marlin Marcel Ozuna, the Cardinals have the players in place to compete. Another season without playoff baseball could be the end for Matheny in St. Louis.
Aaron Boone, New York Yankees
How can a manager who has not even managed one game yet already be on the hot seat? When that person is the manager of the New York Yankees then all is possible. Aaron Boone, the long-time MLB journeyman, remembered most for his heroics in the 2003 post-season is looking to duplicate that success now at the helm of the team. With plenty of criticism of the hiring in the first place and rumors of interest in Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees can quickly make a change if Boone is to fall short of expectations. It is not to be forgotten that this team is Brian Cashman’s and he has stockpiled talent on this Yankees roster to win a World Series here and now, anything else is a failure in New York. With one goal in sight don’t think the Yankees are afraid to do whatever it takes to get there, even if that means making a change at manager in Boone’s first season.