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; andTrembley 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.