Which of the lame duck managers will get the axe in 2014? – POLL

Will Ron Washington have a monster season or a Monster.com season?

Will Ron Washington have a monster season or a Monster.com season?

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.

Ron Washington

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.

Year Tm W L W-L% G Finish
2007 Texas Rangers 75 87 .463 162 4
2008 Texas Rangers 79 83 .488 162 2
2009 Texas Rangers 87 75 .537 162 2
2010 Texas Rangers 90 72 .556 162 1 AL Pennant
2011 Texas Rangers 96 66 .593 162 1 AL Pennant
2012 Texas Rangers 93 69 .574 162 2
2013 Texas Rangers 91 72 .558 163 2
611 524 .538 1135 2.0 2 Pennants
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Will Clint Hurdle survive the 2014 season?

Will Clint Hurdle get the extension he deserves…or the axe?

Clint Hurdle

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.

Year Tm Lg W L W-L% G Finish
2002 Colorado Rockies NL 2nd of 2 67 73 .479 140 4
2003 Colorado Rockies NL 74 88 .457 162 4
2004 Colorado Rockies NL 68 94 .420 162 4
2005 Colorado Rockies NL 67 95 .414 162 5
2006 Colorado Rockies NL 76 86 .469 162 4
2007 Colorado Rockies NL 90 73 .552 163 2 NL Pennant
2008 Colorado Rockies NL 74 88 .457 162 3
2009 Colorado Rockies NL 1st of 2 18 28 .391 46 5
2011 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 72 90 .444 162 4
2012 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 79 83 .488 162 4
2013 Pittsburgh Pirates NL 94 68 .580 162 2
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
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Ron Roenicke

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.

Year Tm W L W-L% G Finish
2011 Milwaukee Brewers 96 66 .593 162 1
2012 Milwaukee Brewers 83 79 .512 162 3
2013 Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457 162 4
253 233 .521 486 2.7
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Robin Ventura

The White Sox are a team in transition, the question for Robin Ventura is whether he can get them transitioning in the right direction.

Year Tm Lg W L W-L% G Finish
2012 Chicago White Sox AL 85 77 .525 162 2
2013 Chicago White Sox AL 63 99 .389 162 5
148 176 .457 324 3.5
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Kirk Gibson

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.

Year Tm Lg W L W-L% G Finish
2010 Arizona Diamondbacks NL 2nd of 2 34 49 .410 83 5
2011 Arizona Diamondbacks NL 94 68 .580 162 1
2012 Arizona Diamondbacks NL 81 81 .500 162 3
2013 Arizona Diamondbacks NL 81 81 .500 162 2
4 years 290 279 .510 569 2.8
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Fredi Gonzalez

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.

Year Tm Lg W L W-L% G Finish
2007 Florida Marlins NL 71 91 .438 162 5
2008 Florida Marlins NL 84 77 .522 161 3
2009 Florida Marlins NL 87 75 .537 162 2
2010 Florida Marlins NL 1st of 2 34 36 .486 70 4
2011 Atlanta Braves NL 89 73 .549 162 2
2012 Atlanta Braves NL 94 68 .580 162 2
2013 Atlanta Braves NL 96 66 .593 162 1
Florida Marlins 4 years 276 279 .497 555 3.5
Atlanta Braves 3 years 279 207 .574 486 1.7
7 years 555 486 .533 1041 2.7
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