The 2015 MLB regular season concludes on Sunday, Oct. 4. The following day could be a bloody one for major league managers. We could very well be referring to it as Black Monday, as 10 managers could potentially be dismissed after the season ends — if not the very next day, then soon thereafter. A couple of skippers are already rumored to be gone; all that remains is the official announcement. That is one-third of the positions available in MLB, which would result in some significant upheaval throughout the sport.
So who is most likely to be fired once the regular season concludes? Whose seat is the hottest as Oct. 5 approaches? Here is a ranking of the MLB managers whose jobs are likely in the most jeopardy. This includes two interim managers, who may be replaced anyway by virtue of their current job title. (It doesn’t include managers who will make it to the postseason. Only the Dodgers’ Don Mattingly would seemingly be in trouble if his team loses early on.)
1. Brad Ausmus, Tigers:
According to reports out of Detroit, the decision has already been made to fire Ausmus. It’s just a matter of the Tigers finishing out what’s become a hopeless season. The team’s front office, led by new general manager Al Avila, surely didn’t mean for such news to leak out, resulting in an embarrassing and awkward situation to deal with. But it indicates the dissatisfaction with Ausmus and the desire by owner Mike Ilitch (who reportedly was never on board with hiring Ausmus) to quickly move on. There are rumblings that Detroit is already set to hire former Twins skipper Ron Gardenhire, who has the opposite profile of Ausmus.
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