Baseball is fun to watch, but it’s a lot less fun for the managers of underachieving MLB clubs.
We’ve already seen three teams gas their skippers this season, with Joe Girardi getting fired by the Phillies, followed by Joe Maddon of the Angels and, most recently, Charlie Montoyo of the Blue Jays.
Online sportsbook Bodog has released its latest wave of next manager fired odds, with White Sox manager Tony La Russa listed as the +300 favorite to get canned.
Tony La Russa Leads Next Manager Fired Odds
|Tony La Russa||White Sox||+300|
Odds as of July 28 at Bodog
Why La Russa Will Be The Next MLB Manager Fired
The White Sox went into the season near the top in World Series odds, but they’ve since scuffled for large parts of the season. Those struggles have brought about dugout disagreements and some anger in the fan base, with the Chicago crowd chanting “Fire Tony” after a home loss earlier this year.
Chicago might also see the Blue Jays’ success after firing their manager as a strong blueprint to follow. Toronto won eight of its first 10 games with John Schneider at the helm, indicating the change helped fire up the players and turn things around.
At exactly .500, the Pale Hose are within striking distance of a playoff push. Giving La Russa his walking papers might just be the move the club needs for a push over the edge.
Next Manager Fired Odds: Best Value Bet
Bud Black (+800)
Black, the Colorado Rockies manager since 2017, might just be reaching the end of his tenure in the Mile High City. He’s had some decent talent come through his system over the years – notably Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story – but never turned it into much on the field.
The Rockies have a 1-4 playoff record under Black’s watch and haven’t produced a winning season since 2018, when Colorado was swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. The situation is very bleak for the Rockies right now, and when that’s the case, the manager doesn’t stick around for very long.
Next Manager Fired Odds: Best Bet
Mike Matheny (+650)
The Kansas City Royals have dreadfully underperformed since Matheny took the reins at the start of 2020. As of July 28, he’s dragged his club to a 139-179 record (.437 win percentage), with 2022 being the worst season yet.
KC has never even gotten a whiff of contending, turning a bottom-five offense and one of the worst starting rotations in baseball into a last-place spot in the AL Central, arguably baseball’s least competitive division. The Royals are expected to get worse this season, too, as they sell off their best players ahead of the MLB trade deadline.
It’s a miracle there’s even +650 value on Matheny at this point. Grab it before he’s gone.
How To Bet On Next Manager Fired Odds
Betting on the next baseball manager to be fired is just like betting on any other futures odds. Find the book where these odds are posted, Bovada, and then figure out which manager you want to be on (or against, I guess). At the sportsbook, you’ll notice the futures odds are listed like this:
In this example, La Russa is the clear favorite at -150 to be fired next. If you believe that he’ll be the next manager to get the ax, you can place $150 on him to win $100 in profit if you’re right. The other two managers, Mattingly and Matheny, are more value bets, with a $100 bet on Matheny paying out $500 in profit in this example.
Check out our odds calculator to see how much you’d win based on the odds and amount wagered, as well as the implied probability of all odds.