As the Major League Baseball regular season draws to a close, there have been a few managers that have made their cases for the manager of the year.
With Terry Collins and Joe Maddon in the National League and John Gibbons and A. J. Hinch in the American League.
On the other hand, some managers have made it seem like they deserve to be fired.
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Matt Williams, Washington Nationals
The 2014 National League Manager of the Year has seen his stock fall along with that of his team. The preseason World Series favorites touted to win it all with offseason pickups like Max Scherzer to complement the already dominant pitching staff.
However, a series of odd managerial moves throughout the season have lent a hand to the Nationals recent flounder. There have been various lineups, like Jayson Werth leading off some games, even though he isn't a leadoff hitter, or letting Drew Storen pitch in consecutive games, even though Drew Storen was the cause of the loss in each of these games.
One of the biggest responsibilities that a manager can have is to handle the bullpen and how he does so can have a huge impact on the game and the season, at this Matt Williams has failed horribly.
Time and time again Williams either let a starter stay too long in the game or pulled one too early, relying on the bullpen to get too many outs. Additionally there is the question of playing Ian Desmond through much of the first half of the season.
He has led the National League in errors the whole season and his batting average has sat around .220 for much of the season. Williams had other options like Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa that could be utilized. For Williams, it's been a disappointing that could lead to there not being a next season for him.
John Farrell, Boston Red Sox
When John Farrell took over the Red Sox in 2013, they were just coming off a last place finish. In just a year's time he took them from worst to first, capturing a World Series title in his first year as their manager.
However, he followed that season with a last place finish in 2014, and the Red Sox are on track to finish in last place once again in 2015. Throughout the season, Farrell has made countless managerial mistakes, but one of his greatest weaknesses lies in interleague, and World Series play. In June of this year, when the Red Sox were playing the Atlanta Braves, Farrell made countless mistakes that can be attributed to the Red Sox losing games.
With a 1-0 lead, Farrell decided to pitch to both the eighth and ninth batters, instead of pitching around the eighth batter to get to the pitcher's spot. Eventually, the tying run was able to come around and score.
A similar mistake can be seen in the World Series, where he sent pitcher Brandon Workman to bat in the ninth inning of a tied game, and then later removed Workman from the game two batters into the bottom of the ninth.
Aside from this, there have been small blips, like his confrontation with Wade Miley earlier this year, and in a year that the Red Sox made significant offseason moves, Farrell just hasn't been able to make them work. So while the Red Sox should do right by Farrell and help and support him as a goes through cancer treatment, this doesn't mean that he still has to be their manager.
Walt Weiss, Colorado Rockies
From the start of this season, the outlook of the Rockies' looked bleak. No one expected much from the team. But this year's last place finish came after a fourth place finish last season, and a last place finish in 2013. 2013 was Weiss' first season as manager for the Rockies.
He was brought in to help the team rise from the multiple bottom of the standing finishes, but he hasn't helped at all. While Weiss cannot be blamed for everything, there is some blame that can be put on him.
Weiss doesn't bring anything special to the table, most baseball fans might not even be able to name him. What Colorado needs to lift them is someone with a distinctive style. Someone that can utilize the roster for what it is and turn into something that works.
Weiss hasn't been able to do that thus far and shows no signs that he can in the future. In his first two seasons for the Rockies, Weiss went 140- 184, numbers that don't cut it at the major league level.
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