Odds on First MLB Manager to be Fired or Resign From PinnacleSports.com

Showalter (AL) & Melvin (NL) Head List of Potential Coaching Casualties

Mar 28, 2006, 00:00 ET from PinnacleSports.com

    WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The first pitch of the 2006
 Major League Baseball season takes place this weekend and all 30 franchises
 enter the season with World Series aspirations. As teams get off to slow
 starts and fail to meet pre-season expectations, their fans and local media
 will inevitably begin calling for a managerial change. With Major League
 managers often 'the fall guy' for underachieving teams, PinnacleSports.com
 today announced odds on which American and National League managers will be
 the first to be fired or resign from their posts during the 2006 season.
     The largest sports betting site on the Internet, PinnacleSports.com has
 calculated odds on all 30 MLB managers becoming the first in their respective
 league to have their managerial reign cut short this year. Texas Rangers
 skipper Buck Showalter and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin have earned
 the dubious distinction as being 5/1 co-favorites to lose their jobs first in
 the AL and NL, respectively. Other managers who could either be the first to
 resign or receive a pink slip in the American League include: Ron Gardenhire,
 Minnesota Twins (6/1); Mike Hargrove, Seattle Mariners (13/2); John Gibbons,
 Toronto Blue Jays (7/1); Buddy Bell, Kansas City Royals (8/1); and
 Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox (9/1). PinnacleSports.com believes several
 skippers on the senior circuit may also find themselves on "the hot seat,"
 including: Chicago Cubs' Dusty Baker (6/1); Colorado's Clint Hurdle (6/1);
 Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel (7/1); Washington's Frank Robinson (15/2); and
 Milwaukee's Ned Yost (19/2).
     "The turnover rate for head coaches and managers in professional sports
 has skyrocketed as the eight new MLB skippers this season clearly
 demonstrates," said Simon Noble of PinnacleSports.com. "A number of managers
 are definitely under fire entering the 2006 campaign and a poor start could
 mark an early exit. Professional franchises used to show restraint by making
 managerial changes only in the off-season, but now front offices simply look
 for the quick fix in hopes of righting a sinking ship and keeping fans in the
     Despite leading the White Sox to their first World Series victory in
 88 years, PinnacleSports.com lists Ozzie Guillen at only 10/1 to be the first
 AL manager to get his walking papers, along with Oakland's Ken Macha and new
 Devil Rays manager Jon Maddon. The odds on rookie Baltimore skipper Sam
 Perlozzo not making it to a second season are at 12/1, while Cleveland's Eric
 Wedge comes in at 25/2 to be the first American League manager ousted from his
 post. Long shots to become the first AL skipper to resign or be fired are
 Detroit's Jim Leyland (16/1), Anaheim's Mike Scoiscia (16/1), and the Yankees'
 Joe Torre (19/1).
     PinnacleSports.com lists the chances of Cincinnati's Jerry Narron being
 the first National League manager to lose his job at 21/2 followed by
 Houston's Phil Garner at 13/1. Newly appointed managers Joe Girardi and Grady
 Little appear to have the same amount of job security as veterans Bruce Bochy
 and Felipe Alou, who are all listed at 15/1 to be the first NL manager fired
 this season. According to PinnacleSports.com, the Mets' Willie Randolph
 (20/1), Pirates' Jim Tracy (20/1), Braves' Bobby Cox (27/1) and Cardinals'
 Tony LaRussa (40/1) are the least likely to lose their jobs in the senior
 circuit this season.
     Current Odds:        *All Odds Subject To Change*
     First AL Manager To Be Fired Or Resign
     Buck Showalter (Texas)                  5/1
     Ron Gardenhire (Minnesota)              6/1
     Mike Hargrove (Seattle)                13/2
     John Gibbons (Toronto)                  7/1
     Buddy Bell (Kansas City)                8/1
     Terry Francona (Boston)                 9/1
     Ozzie Guillen (Chicago White Sox)      10/1
     Ken Macha (Oakland)                    10/1
     Jon Maddon (Tampa Bay)                 10/1
     Sam Perlozzo (Baltimore)               12/1
     Eric Wedge (Cleveland)                 25/2
     Jim Leyland (Detroit)                  16/1
     Mike Scioscia (LA Anaheim)             16/1
     Joe Torre (NY Yankees)                 19/1
     First NL Manager To Be Fired Or Resign
     Bob Melvin (Arizona)                    5/1
     Dusty Baker (Chicago Cubs)              6/1
     Clint Hurdle (Colorado)                 6/1
     Charlie Manuel (Philadelphia)           7/1
     Frank Robinson (Washington)            15/2
     Ned Yost (Milwaukee)                   19/2
     Jerry Narron (Cincinnati)              21/2
     Phil Garner (Houston)                  13/1
     Joe Girardi (Florida)                  15/1
     Grady Little (Los Angeles)             15/1
     Bruce Bochy (San Diego)                15/1
     Felipe Alou (San Francisco)            15/1
     Willie Randolph (NY Mets)              20/1
     Jim Tracy (Pittsburgh)                 20/1
     Bobby Cox (Atlanta)                    27/1
     Tony LaRussa (St. Louis)               40/1
     For a complete list of odds, please visit http://www.pinnaclesports.com .
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