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Friday High Fives: Next Manager Fired

This week we asked our writers, "Who will be the next manager fired?" We had a lot more consensus than last week, maybe because the formula for these events is annoying obvious. The top five vote-getters are:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points Total
Dave Trembley 4 1 24 5
Jerry Manuel 3 1 1 22 5
Ken Macha 3 2 18 5
Lou Piniella 1 1 1 9 3
Brad Mills 2 1 1 9 4

Jeff Zimmerman: IMO Trembley will be done. 4th year with the team, struggled all the years. A perfect recipe for getting fired.

Jeff Sullivan: Generally speaking, I oppose the reactionary firing of managers, but Manuel, Trembley, and Mills seem to be in the most obvious situations.

Daniel: Trembley has been around for a few years now, the team continues losing, and from what I've seen Dave isn't a particularly good manager. I think the thing best keeping him on the team is the lack of a readily available interim replacement.

So what do you think -- who will be the next to go? Who should be the next to go? What's a valid reason to fire a manager mid-season?

Full results and everyone's commentary after the jump.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points Total
Dave Trembley 4 1 24 5
Jerry Manuel 3 1 1 22 5
Ken Macha 3 2 18 5
Lou Piniella 1 1 1 9 3
Brad Mills 2 1 1 9 4
Don Wakamatsu 1 1 1 7 3
Ozzie Guillen 1 2 7 3
Dusty Baker 1 1 6 2
Fredi Gonzalez 1 1 5 2
Manny Acta 1 1 5 2
Ned Yost 1 2 1
Trey Hillman 1 2 1
John Russell 1 1 1
Terry Francona 1 1 1
A.J. Hinch 1 1 1

Justin Bopp: Dusty Baker should be fired on principle alone, but he won't be sniffed around until Cinci's inevitable collapse is in the rearview.

Fredi Gonzalez will probably be fired because FLA needs the HanRam more than him.

Trey Hillman was so bad he should be fired again.

Paul Cousineau: Managers presiding over teams with either high payrolls or high expectations (or both) top this list, where the disappointing starts in some larger markets (NY, CHI) and one that needed a fast start (MIL) are going to put some heads on the chopping block.

Once "Hanley-Gate" subsides in Florida and after Gonzalez has been given his share of "votes of confidence" and organizational backing, the record of the team (and Mr. Loria's impatience) may do him in, but not quite yet.

Dan Turkenkopf: The Mets have been treading water for a few years and need a good house-cleaning.

The Brew Crew probably should be in the Wild Card hunt and Macha will take the blame for their early failures.

I'd love to see Guillen fired. I know a lot of people find him interesting, but I think he's just a blowhard.

Jeff Sullivan: The Indians could fire Manny Acta, but I don't think anyone would notice for weeks.

J-Doug: Dusty Baker--how is this guy still managing?

Sky: I'm surprised nobody else mentioned AJ Hinch. Maybe it's because the bullpen is such an obvious scapegoat.