Which managers are on thin ice?

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There’s no discussion there, but Phil Rogers throws out Dusty Baker, Eric Wedge, Jim Riggleman, Cecil Cooper and Dave Trembley as managers who may be looking for a job soon. Setting aside the glaring omission of Trey Hillman, here are my insta-takes:

  • I’m not a huge Baker fan, but there’s a lot more wrong with the Reds than him, so the Reds may as well keep him around since they’ll have to pay him anyway;
  • Eric Wedge should go. He’s had a long time to do something in Cleveland and they could use a fresh start;
  • Riggleman has done good work, but the Nats need to enter the Strasburg-era with someone a little more dynamic at the helm;
  • Cooper was thrown under the bus by his team’s ace starter and team leader, so he’s a dead man walking already; and
  • Trembley has been a good company man, but he has lost so much for so long with the Orioles, that one wonders if he can be the guy to take a team with a bright future to the next level.  It just strikes me that, when a team is about to turn the corner, you don’t want a guy who is a constant reminder of all of those years in the wilderness, ya know?
  • As happens every year, I’m sure one of these obvious suspects will somehow hang on, and some guys we never thought would get fired.  And as is the case with their decisions as managers, we will be right here to second guess and armchair GM their firings as well.

    Astros’ Verlander to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

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    Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season.

    The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner announced the news Saturday on his Instagram account in a 1½-minute video.

    “In my simulated game a couple days ago, I felt something in my elbow, and after looking at my MRI and conversing with some of the best doctors in the world, we’ve determined that Tommy John surgery is my best option,” Verlander said.

    He threw to hitters on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured in the team’s opener on July 24. He threw 50 pitches in the bullpen before throwing about 25 pitches to hitters in two simulated innings.

    “I tried as hard as I could to come back and play this season,” Verlander said. “Unfortunately, my body just didn’t cooperate.”

    Verlander has been on the injured list with a right forearm strain. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA in 2019.

    “Obviously, this is not good news,” Verlander said. “However, I’m going to handle this the only way I know how. I’m optimistic. I’m going to put my head down, work hard, attack this rehab and hopefully, come out the other side better for it.

    “I truly believe everything that everything happens for a reason, and although 2020 has sucked, hopefully, when this rehab process is all said and done, this will allow me to charge through the end of my career and be healthy as long as I want and pitch as long as I want and accomplish some of the goals that I want in my career.”

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