Fellow MSF writer Kurt Allen compiled a list of baseball managers on the hot seat earlier this summer. Let’s take another look here in October, as we roll through an epic postseason and toward the League Championship Series.
The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire last week, leaving Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as not just the longest-serving skipper in Major League Baseball, but by a landslide. After a first-round playoff debacle against the wild card Kansas City Royals — his team scored just eight runs in its last 52 innings — it’s long past time for the Angels to relieve Scioscia of his duties.
The Oakland A’s have suffered an incredible collapse since peaking in early August. Here’s a look at what has happened.
Mike Trout is the best all-around player in Major League Baseball. There are decent arguments he should have won the American League MVP during his first two full big league seasons, which is remarkable, and he’s probably the front-runner in 2014. But my vote this season goes to Victor Martinez.
Let me perform a quick public service for all Major League Baseball baserunners out there: Don’t run on Yoenis Cespedes. Ever. Under any circumstances.