Hot and cold metaphors thrive in sports writing mainly because sports writers are a lazy lot. In most cases, heat refers to something positive. Players get on hot streaks and good teams are always heating up. However, when high temperatures are used in reference to front office types, it usually has the opposite meaning.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has compiled a list of Major League Baseball general managers that find themselves on the hot seat, or could find themselves there as the season draws to a close. The names he mentions are no surprise:
- Ed Wade, Houston Astros
- Jim Hendry, Chicago Cubs
- Jack Zduriencik, Seattle Mariners
- Tony Reagins, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- Dave Dombrowski, Detroit Tigers
- Brian Cashman, New York Yankees
- Andy MacPhail, Baltimore Orioles
- Andrew Friedman, Tampa Bay Rays
- Ned Colletti, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Kenny Williams, Chicago White Sox
- Doug Melvin, Milwaukee Brewers
- Bill Smith, Minnesota Twins
This isn’t a list of sure firings, or anything like that.
A dozen GMs will not lose their jobs this offseason. But as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, a dozen clubs face some form of uncertainty in the position.
Looking at the top of that list, I can’t help but wonder why it’s so rare for a general manager to lose his job mid season. Teams like the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros are in obvious rebuild mode, and yet they put the beginning stages of that period in the hands of the people who put them in the position in which they need to rebuild.
If Hendry and Wade have done such a terrible job with their organizations, why should anyone trust their approach during the upcoming trade deadline, which if played properly, could be an important part of their respective teams’ futures.
And The Rest
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