Over the weekend, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia used the word "poppycock." Though Scioscia's employment of the word was newsworthy in its own right, as it came in response to a report stating he intended to step down at season's end.
Whether or not Scioscia returns as Angels manager, we figured this would be a good time to survey the league and judge whether each manager was safe, gone, or on the hot seat. These aren't scientific, but we've listed the managers in order of safeness descending.
30. Alex Cora, Red Sox: Cora is in the first season of a three-year deal and has the Red Sox on pace to win 113 games. Shy of a criminal act, he's not going anywhere anytime soon.
29. A.J. Hinch, Astros: Hinch led the Astros to a World Series victory last fall. He could do it again this October. He's not going anywhere, even if everyone is still waiting for him to receive a long-term extension.
28. Dave Roberts, Dodgers: As with Hinch, Roberts would appear safe. His contract includes a club option for next season, but it seems likely that he'll receive an extension between now and next spring.
27. Terry Francona, Indians: Cleveland has already exercised its club options on Francona's contract for the 2019-20 seasons. He's as safe as any long-time veteran manager out there.
26. Gabe Kapler, Phillies: Kapler found himself questioned early and often to begin his rookie year as skipper. But to his credit he's learned from his mistakes and has the Phillies in serious contention for the playoffs.
25. Aaron Boone, Yankees: Yes, the Yankees have encountered some recent turbulence. No, Boone isn't going anywhere. The Yankees didn't fire Joe Girardi for Boone to dismiss him after a potential 100-win year.
24. Bruce Bochy, Giants: Bochy has just one year left on his contract and the Giants have made numerous tweaks to his coaching staff in recent falls. Still, he's a future Hall of Famer and if he's going to go out he's earned the right to go out on his own terms -- not on those imposed upon him.
23. Joe Maddon, Cubs: As with some other managers ahead of Maddon, he has one year remaining on his deal. Unlike them, he's already long in the tooth and thick in the wallet. His contract situation will be a minor storyline worth watching this winter -- if only to see how many years the Cubs tack on.
22. Torey Lovullo, Diamondbacks: Yet another manager likely to get a contract extension this winter. Remember that when Lovullo got the gig, there was talk the Diamondbacks might be in for a rebuild. Instead, they're nearing a second consecutive postseason appearance.
21. Craig Counsell, Brewers: Counsell has done a good job since taking over the Brewers back in May 2015. He's under contract through the 2020 season and with a postseason appearance he could move up the list.
20. Kevin Cash, Rays: Cash is sort of like the American League version of Counsell, in that his good work hasn't yet elevated him to a household name. Still, the only way he doesn't get an extension this winter is if he decides he'd rather take his iconoclastic ways elsewhere.