As contenders gear up for a tight postseason race where every manager decision will be crucial, many teams on the outside are left to evaluate managerial changes this offseason.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds already parted with their managers this season. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, they could be joined by several other clubs.
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According to the report, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons seems destined to be let go by the end of the season. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is expected to step down at the end of the year.
Additionally, Rosenthal’s report mentions Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter’s future is uncertain as the organization could look to go in a different direction as a rebuild begins.
This offseason could prove to be specifically active for managerial changes thanks to the candidates available. Former New Yew York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whose team fell one game short of the World Series in 2017, will be sought after for every opening.
He will be joined by veteran managers Dusty Baker and John Farrell, both of whom have great track records and are highly respected across the league. One thing seems for certain, we will see a lot of new faces serving as skippers for different teams in 2019.