Lloyd McClendon is guiding the Seattle Mariners to their best season since 2007 and perhaps their first playoff visit in 13 years. Yet when Houston’s Bo Porter was fired last week and Texas’ Ron Washington simply quit on his club Friday, ESPN’s Calvin Watkins couldn’t help but distract from Seattle’s success when the Mariners visited Arlington.
Even with Mike Scioscia seemingly safe, there are still a lot of skippers in varying degrees of danger as baseball fast approaches its stretch run. Here is my ranking of 12 managers who may feel the seat starting to get warm, and one who may be the first casualty of 2014 as soon as this week.
Texas Rangers starting pitchers continue dropping like Spinal Tap’s drummers. On Tuesday it was announced that ace Yu Darvish will not start for the team on Opening Day thanks to a stiff neck.
Multiple reports have surfaced on Tuesday that suggest the Los Angeles Dodgers are moving towards trading All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp. Specifically the Dodgers have had talks with the Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners and Boston Red Sox in the past week.
On Wednesday night the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers agreed to a blockbuster deal that will sent first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas in exchange for second baseman Ian Kinsler. Fielder has a limited no-trade clause that includes the Rangers but it is believed he is willing to accept the deal.