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MISSED MANAGEMENT

Replacing a high-achieving skipper in hopes of greater success is usually a recipe for less
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THE YANKEES announced last Thursday that they would not renew the contract of Joe Girardi (far left), making him the third manager in a month to be ousted after taking his team to the postseason. The Red Sox canned John Farrell (near left) on Oct. 11, two days after they lost the AL divisional series, and Dusty Baker (middle) was let go by the Nationals nine days later, despite his second straight 95-plus-win season. If the logic behind these decisions was that anything short of a World Series is a disappointment, those teams should be warned: According to recent history, there's now likely to be even more disappointment in store.

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SEASON

TEAM

MANAGER

POSTSEASON RESULT

NEW MANAGER

FOLLOWING SEASON'S RESULT

2006

PADRES

BRUCE BOCHY

LOST NLDS IN FOUR GAMES

BUD BLACK

MISSED THE PLAYOFFS

2006

ATHLETICS

KEN MACHA

LOST ALCS IN FOUR GAMES

BOB GEREN

MISSED THE PLAYOFFS

2007

YANKEES

JOE TORRE

LOST ALDS IN FOUR GAMES

JOE GIRARDI

MISSED THE PLAYOFFS

2013

REDS

DUSTY BAKER

LOST NL WILD CARD

BRYAN PRICE

MISSED THE PLAYOFFS

2015

DODGERS

DON MATTINGLY

LOST NLDS IN FIVE GAMES

DAVE ROBERTS

LOST NLCS IN SIX GAMES