Next Manager Betting Odds: White Sox, Marlins and Royals

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Dan Shapiro
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Don Mattingly and Tony LaRussa stepped away from their respective managerial jobs in Miami and Chicago, and Mike Matheny was relieved of his duties in Kansas City yesterday.  That leads our friends at to begin offering odds on each of their replacements.


Bruce Bochy is favored to come out of retirement and man the talented White Sox.

The three-time World Series champion manager already suggested last month he would be open to coming out of retirement.

At the time he was approached by the San Diego Padres regarding a job managing that club.

“I think I’ll just say what I’ve been saying: I don’t think you rule anything out,” Bochy said. “I’ve enjoyed doing what I’ve been doing, working with the Giants, going through the minor league affiliates. I went to spring training for a couple of weeks, but you never say never. That’s my mindset.”

Joe Maddon is the favorite to return to Florida while Carlos Beltran is at the top of the Royals list after starting his career in K.C.

Joe Espada was coming in at 7-1 odds to land the Marlins manager job.  The Athletics Ken Rosenthal sees Espada as the likely choice there.

“The Marlins are unlikely to spend on a proven manager, and likely would prefer a candidate who speaks both Spanish and English. Espada, who worked for the Marlins from 2006 to 2013 and lives in Jupiter, Fla., would be one of several such candidates.”

Tom Firme of the Bleacher Report suggests the candidate with the second shortest odds, Sandy Alomar Jr at 6-1, would be the best fit for Chicago.

Though he lacks coaching experience, Firme believes he's got a good read of pitchers from his playing days as one of the greatest catchers of all time.

Alomar's deep understanding of the game should put him on a good track as a manager. He should be able to transition well into the position. Also, he would have a strong ability as a strategist.

Having played for the White Sox, Alomar understands the nature of the organization. Also, he is well acquainted with the news media. The experience would be a bit helpful for him, although not a determining factor, as well as for Martinez, who played three seasons with the White Sox.

White Sox Next Manager                 

Bruce Bochy                5-1

Sandy Alomar Jr.         6-1

Carlos Beltran             7-1

Matt Quatraro            15-2

Fredi Gonzalez            8-1

Joe Espada                  9-1

Miguel Cairo               10-1

Joe Girardi                   12-1

A.J. Pierzynski             14-1

George Lombard         16-1

Willie Harris                16-1

Joe Maddon                18-1

Ozzie Guillen               18-1

A.J. Hinch                    20-1

Curtis Granderson      20-1

Eduardo Perez            20-1

Jim Thome                  20-1

Mike Shildt                  20-1

Chris Getz                    25-1


Marlins Next Manager                      

Joe Maddon                4-1

Bruce Bochy                5-1

Miguel Cairo               6-1

Joe Espada                  7-1

Willie Harris                15-2

Raul Ibanez                 8-1

Joe Girardi                   9-1

Matt Quatraro            10-1

Fredi Gonzalez            12-1

Sandy Alomar Jr.         12-1

Jim Thome                  14-1

Curtis Granderson      16-1

George Lombard         16-1

Mike Shildt                  18-1

A.J. Hinch                    20-1


Royals Next Manager            

Carlos Beltran             4-1

Joe Espada                  5-1

George Lombard         6-1

Matt Quatraro            7-1

Mike Shildt                  15-2

Bruce Bochy                8-1

Walt Weiss                  10-1

Ozzie Guillen               11-1

Dusty Wathan             12-1

Miguel Cairo               16-1

Joe Girardi                   18-1

Joe Maddon                20-1

- Dan Shapiro,

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