Baseball is fun to watch, but it’s a lot less fun for the managers of underachieving MLB clubs.
We’ve already seen two MLB teams fire their skippers this season, with Joe Girardi leaving the Phillies and Joe Maddon kicked to the curb by the Angels. Who will be the next MLB manager fired? Let’s break it down.
Online sportsbook Bovada has released next manager fired odds with White Sox manager Tony La Russa set as the +400 favorite.
Tony La Russa Leads Next Manager Fired Odds
|Tony La Russa||White Sox||+400|
Odds as of June 15 at Bovada
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 now they’re scuffling to get back to .500. With a 29-31 record, they sit five games out of the division lead, struggling to gain ground in one of the easiest divisions in baseball.
Those struggles have brought about dugout disagreements and some anger in the fan base, with the Chicago crowd chanting “Fire Tony” after a recent home loss. After the game, La Russa didn’t shy away from the chants.
“There isn’t anything that’s happening with this team that in the end I’m not responsible for,” La Russa said. “Never dodged accountability and I won’t start now.”
At some point, the accountability will turn to action. If the White Sox don’t right the ship soon, La Russa will be looking for a new job, or maybe looking for a nice place to retire.
Mattingly Good Value In Next Manager Fired Odds
If you want to find a better value bet in the next MLB manager fired odds, look to the National League. The Miami Marlins have clawed back recently and hover just below .500, but manager Don Mattingly remains on the hot seat.
The bullpen management has been poor, the offense has been cold and the clubhouse culture seems to be under fire in Miami. The Marlins recently had a closed-door players meeting where grievances were aired and one of the bright spots of the Marlins, infielder Jazz Chisholm, came under fire from teammates for his flashy ways.
If those kinds of clubhouse issues doesn’t fall solely on the manager, I don’t know what does. Add in Miami’s winning expectations and poor performance, and Mattingly is a great bet in the next manager fired odds.
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 fired, 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.
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