On Friday, CBS Sports’ MLB Insider Jon Heyman reported former manager Dusty Baker is hopeful to manage in MLB again.
He had a shot at taking the Diamondbacks vacant managerial position but was never interviewed, possibly due to bad blood between him and Diamondbacks president Tony La Russa.
Now, the question is: Where could Dusty Baker go?
He has a good track record in rebuild situations, having done that job in San Francisco, Chicago and Cincinnati in the last 20 years.
As with any year, there are some managers on the hot seat this year.
Here are my five predictions of where Baker could possibly land:
Even though the Mets have gotten off to a hot start, they had their winning streak snapped by the Yankees on Friday and also took a loss in Sunday’s rubber match. If the Mets proceed to collapse, it’s a safe bet Terry Collins, who is in the final year of his contract, won’t return.
Bud Black is another manager on the hot seat. The Padres made legitimate moves during the offseason to make them contenders and the expectations are high. Like Collins, Black is also in the last year of his contract and was rumored to be on the hot seat last year at various times.
The Brewers had an epic collapse after a hot start last year under Ron Roenicke, but he also just had his 2016 option picked up. With Baker’s history managing a team in a rebuild mode, the Brewers may want to check in on him.
Don Mattingly is another one sitting on high expectations after collecting division titles and wins, but his high payroll might want the ownership looking for more. If the Dodgers fail to make it or even win the World Series this season, Mattingly will be out.