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Hurdle A Shocking Favorite To Be First Manager Fired

MLB front offices have a short memory and managers have little time to right the ship before their seat starts getting toasty. Clint Hurdle is a prime example of that. The Pittsburgh Pirates manager is currently the favorite to be the first manager fired despite the Bucs making the playoffs in three of the past four seasons.

The 2016 season was a complete tire fire for the Pirates, as the team finished with its worst record in six seasons thanks to some middling pitching and terrible fielding. It took the Atlanta Braves 37 games last season to fire then manager Fredi Gonzalez, so Hurdle has time to try to rectify the issues.

That being said, Pittsburgh also has plenty of talent and last season could turn out to be an anomaly.

Close behind Hurdle is Bryan Price. The Cincinnati Reds have sucked – there is no nice way to phrase it – during Price’s tenure. It’s not exactly entirely his fault with a roster that is not even close to being able to compete but heads are likely to start rolling sooner rather than later. This is also Price’s last year on his current deal, which means the team could cut ties without suffering any financial implications.

One manager I’m keeping an eye on is Brad Ausmus. The Detroit Tigers manager guided the team to a dreadful 74-87 record in 2016 despite having some of the best bats in baseball. Ausmus has been often criticized for how he handles his pitching staff and has left starters in way too long on many occasions. There were rumors near the end of last season that Ausmus would be out, so he needs his team to get off to a good start.

Who Will BE The First MLB Manager Fired?

Odds as of April 12 at Bovada

  • Clint Hurdle (PIT) +350
  • Bryan Price (CIN) +400
  • Mike Scioscia (LAA) +500
  • Paul Molitor (MIN) +600
  • Brad Ausmus (DET) +650
  • Andy Green (SD) +750
  • Joe Girardi (NYY) +1000
  • Terry Collins (NYM) +1000
  • Dusty Baker (WSH) +1200
  • John Farrell (BOS) +1600

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