|These men don't look happy -- and probably for good reason. (US Presswire)|
Thursday we checked in on the top candidates for Manager of the Year in each respective league. We're now here to do the opposite. Who is on the hot seat now or may be by the end of the season?
Here's a look at the American League skippers who may be on the hot seat, with varying degrees of heat on each respective seat.
Manny Acta, Indians: Earlier this month, Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said the team would pick up Acta's option for 2013. Antonetti said that before Cleveland went out and lost its ninth game in what would be an 11-game losing streak. And since then Acta's Indians have gone 5-18, including a losing streak of nine games and the team's current five-game slide. For someone whose job is supposedly safe, Acta can't feel too comfortable.
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Ron Gardenhire, Twins: Minnesota owner Jim Pohlad said recently he couldn't see Gardenhire losing his job after this season, despite the Twins' 53-78 record. After going going to the playoffs in six of his first nine seasons, Gardenhire's team lost 99 games last season and aren't much better this season. It's unlikely he'll get the boot, but it's hard not to think he's at least had no reason to turn on the seat warmers as he drives to the ballpark.
Mike Scioscia, Angels: Scioscia has a 1,135-940 record plus a World Series title in his 13 years at the helm of the Angels. But an offseason spending spree from Angels ownership plus a new general manager could mean a chance of scenery for the Angels' skipper. However, he does have a contract through 2018 that has more than $25 million remaining. Both owner Arte Moreno and GM Jerry Dipoto have dismissed reports that Scioscia's job is in jeopardy.
Ned Yost, Royals: This was supposed to be the year the Royals took the next step. They haven't. The question is how much of the blame should Yost shoulder? Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas have suffered sophomore slumps and the pitching staff has looked a lot better since adding Jeremy Guthrie -- what does that tell you? Kansas City still has an interesting future, but will Yost be around to see it?
Bobby Valentine, Red Sox: Just because the Red Sox got rid of some of the players that reportedly had a problem with Valentine (Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett), doesn't mean his job is safe.