During the 2022 Major League Baseball season, firing managers was all the rage.

The Phillies canned Joe Girardi on June 3, the Angels axed Joe Maddon a few days later, the Blue Jays terminated Charlie Montoya in mid-July and the Rangers got rid of Chris Woodward in mid-August. Throw in the Marlins, Royals and White Sox making a change shortly after the season ended and nearly a quarter of the league had a new manager in the span of six months.

But thus far in 2023, it has been nothing but crickets on that front.

Are we headed for a repeat of 2021 in which there were no in-season managerial changes, or is the chopping block about to claim the first of its several victims?

Here are our current top six ranking of MLB managers who could be in danger of losing their jobs before the regular season ends.

Those last five words—before the regular season ends—are key here. The Dodgers might move on from Dave Roberts if they flame out before the World Series for a third straight year, but there's no chance he gets fired in the next 2.5 months. Conversely, lost causes like the Colorado Rockies, Oakland A's and Washington Nationals may decide after the season that their current manager has sputtered through too many consecutive losing seasons. But those teams don't appear in our top six, as our goal is to identify the managers most in danger of losing their jobs any day now.

Managers are listed in ascending order of the current temperature of their hot seats.

Records are current through the start of play on Monday, July 17.


"Honorable" Mentions

In addition to our top six managers on the hot seat, here are five others who aren't exactly sitting pretty in their current roles.

Bud Black, Colorado Rockies

Hard to see any point in making an in-season change here, but Colorado has the worst record in the National League and has supplanted both Miami and Washington as the worst NL team dating back to the start of 2019. Getting the Rockies to the postseason in each of his first two years on the job earned Black a lot of brownie points. But this past half-decade has been brutal, as Colorado is annually hemorrhaging money for minimal wins.


Terry Francona, Cleveland Guardians

Hired by Cleveland in October 2012, Francona is the longest-tenured manager in the majors by a margin of more than two years. He has an overall winning percentage of .553 over the past 10-plus seasons, leading this franchise to the postseason six times. But if Cleveland can't win this year's pathetic AL Central, it's time to ask if the two-time World Series champion with Boston is actually the guy to bring Cleveland its first title since 1948. (There's basically zero chance the Guardians fire him in-season, but maybe they make an offseason change if they miss the playoffs.)