Originally Posted by blumj
No, it's just that, once you've made the decision to fire someone, you fire him. Who's helped by waiting for the season to end first?
Sometimes I think it is a good idea to let managers go at the end of the season, but I guess it depends on the situation.
For example, the Marlins replaced Jeff Torborg with Jack McKeon in 2003. That one worked out pretty well.
At the same time, I think sometimes you fall into a bit of a trap if you fire somebody early in the season and give an assistant the interim tag. If there is moderate progress, then they are usually promoted to manager at the end of the season and the mediocrity continues. See Dave Miley or Jerry Narron.
Six games left in the season though? I don't know what that proves. Milwaukee did it last season with twelve games but actually had something to play for. Not sure what the Indians and Astros are doing.
Any chance Jeff Bagwell gets the Astros manager job? I know he is working in the front office for Houston and his name was mentioned.