With the 2021 season getting set to wrap up, one of the things worth monitoring is the security of the 30 managerial jobs. Most are safe. Among the terrible teams, the Orioles have already said Brandon Hyde is coming back and the Diamondbacks have extended Torey Lovullo. It's hard to see the Nationals parting ways with Dave Martinez or the Cubs with David Ross under the circumstances each team faced this season.
The Royals, Rockies and Tigers all played better than many expected. It's hard to see the Angels blaming Joe Maddon. The Reds are probably disappointed right now, but they just gave David Bell an extension. Don Mattingly just won Manager of the Year last season and the Marlins weren't really built to contend. The Rangers and Pirates were expected to be bad.
So what's left? Let's rank the four MLB managers with the hottest seats entering the final week of the 2021 season.
1. Luis Rojas, Mets
Given all that has gone down with this organization since new owner Steve Cohen took over, it really feels like a house cleaning is in order this offseason. They need a new president of baseball operations and probably general manager. Once those positions are filled, surely the new blood will want to hand pick a manager. As far as Rojas goes, I'm not sure we could absolutely pin the disappointing season on him, but at some point, the buck stops with the manager. That's just part of the business. I'd be shocked if he's the Mets' manager on Opening Day 2022.
2. Jayce Tingler, Padres
Again, I'm not sure you can pin the Padres' disappointing final two months solely on Tingler, but he's the on-field boss. His team has completely fallen apart. If we went back to early August, it would have seemed outrageous to suggest the Padres might miss the playoffs. Not only is that going to happen, but they might even finish with a sub-.500 record. They were 67-49 on Aug. 10 with a five-game lead for the second NL wild card. It's possible ownership decides to move on from president of baseball operations A.J. Preller. If that happens, the new person will want a new manager. If it doesn't, Preller probably shows Tingler the door himself.