Don Mattingly did not want to go into the 2014 season with the mantle of “lame duck” hanging over his head. The Dodgers did not want that either and brought a sense stability to the free-spending organization by providing Donnie Baseball with a three-year contract extension.
There are however a number of managers who would like to be able to get a long-term magazine subscription to their current location.
Take the case of Ron Washington, who has done an outstanding job with the Texas Rangers, but you have to feel as if there will be rumbling if this talented team does not play well this season.
|2010||Texas Rangers||90||72||.556||162||1||AL Pennant|
|2011||Texas Rangers||96||66||.593||162||1||AL Pennant|
Last February, Clint Hurdle was approaching the final year of the three-year contract he signed in November 2010. In February, the Pirates exercised a 2014 option and added a club option for 2015. If Hurdle makes it through 2015, he would become the first manager to serve a five seasons with Pittsburgh since Jim Leyland from 1986-96. If I were the Pirates, I would be working on a new three-year extension for Hurdle announced before spring training.
|2002||Colorado Rockies||NL||2nd of 2||67||73||.479||140||4|
|2007||Colorado Rockies||NL||90||73||.552||163||2||NL Pennant|
|2009||Colorado Rockies||NL||1st of 2||18||28||.391||46||5|
|Colorado Rockies||8 years||534||625||.461||1159||3.9||1 Pennant|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||3 years||245||241||.504||486||3.3|
|11 years||779||866||.474||1645||3.7||1 Pennant|
Milwaukee’s manager Ron Roenicke’s contract expires after this season, but the Brewers hold a club option. It’s hard to imagine his team exceeding expectations in 2014. It’s more likely, they will continue their downward trend as exhibited during Roenicke’s tenure.
The White Sox are a team in transition, the question for Robin Ventura is whether he can get them transitioning in the right direction.
|2012||Chicago White Sox||AL||85||77||.525||162||2|
|2013||Chicago White Sox||AL||63||99||.389||162||5|
Kirk Gibson has finished exactly at .500 the last two seasons and I don’t think that will cut it for the Diamondbacks this coming season. Arizona’s season begins in Australia against the Dodgers and those games against Mattingly have to mean a lot more for Kirk than Donnie. The Diamondbacks hold 2015-16 club options on Gibson, but before those can kick in, Gibson has to get through 2014.
|2010||Arizona Diamondbacks||NL||2nd of 2||34||49||.410||83||5|
The Braves exercised their option on Fredi Gonzalez to bring him back after he won the NL East. Yes, I know that from August 1 on the Braves played .604 ball, but the Nationals played .630 baseball and I really feel that their awful early play was an anomaly and they have only gotten better this offseason. You have to wonder how good the Braves really are and whether Fredi will earn a return.
|2010||Florida Marlins||NL||1st of 2||34||36||.486||70||4|
|Florida Marlins||4 years||276||279||.497||555||3.5|
|Atlanta Braves||3 years||279||207||.574||486||1.7|