Earlier this year, the Braves fired manager Fredi Gonzalez after weeks -- years, really -- of rumors. It wasn't Gonzalez's fault the team stinks, but you can't fire the players, so the manager usually gets the axe instead.
With Gonzalez fired, there are currently no managers of Hispanic descent in the big leagues. That's a problem for the MLB Players Association and union chief Tony Clark:
Tony Clark says MLBPA is "disappointed" by absence of Latino managers.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 12, 2016
A few years ago MLB implemented what has become known as a the "Selig Rule," which requires teams to interview one minority candidate for managerial openings. The Selig Rule does not apply to in-season hires, however, because a new manager is needed on short notice. There's no time for a formal interview process.
Approximately 28 percent of players on 2016 Opening Day rosters were Latin American. Managers usually rely on their coaches and other staffers to help overcome any language barriers.