1. Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon, 68, is almost single-handedly the one responsible for leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series win in over 100 years back in 2016. The man has succeeded at every stop throughout his career, including a hugely successful run as the manager of the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006-2014 when the club finished over .500 in six of the nine years Maddon was their skipper.
Now leading the Los Angeles Angels, Maddon is faced with another unique set of challenges. This time, he is going to have to be the one to lead Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout deep into the playoffs for the first time in their respective careers. Ohtani and Trout are two generational talents and Angels fans have suffered long enough with wasting the primes of these incredible players.
Maddon, known for his quirky strategies that have a knack for working in his favor, has yet to bring this Angels team to a record over .500 since his hiring at the beginning of the 2020 season. So far this year, the club is 8-5, good for first place in the AL West.
While Maddon is one of the more popular managers in the game, he must take this Angels club all the way (or at least deep into the postseason) if he is to have any sort of job security.
Honorable mention goes to Dave Martinez of the Washington Nationals and Derek Shelton of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The manager is always the first to go once a team starts to seriously struggle. These five skippers are only a few of the men that could find themselves out of a job if their respective teams sink rather than swim during the 2022 campaign.