Bobby Valentine and Five Other Fired MLB Managers

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MLB managers wear many hats, but the ultimate goal is to organize their team and turn them into champions. When an MLB manager falls short of his expected potential and the team has one or more disastrous seasons, a manager will often be fired. This is what happened to Bobby Valentine, former manager of the Boston Red Sox. Valentine was hired to straighten out and whip the Boston Red Sox back into shape. Unfortunately, Valentine only made matters worse, and the Boston Red Sox had their worst season since 1965. Bobby Valentine was fired on September 4, 2012. 

The following MLB managers were also fired:

Manny Acta

On September 27, 2012, the Cleveland Indians fired their manager Manny Acta with six games remaining. During his time as manager of the Cleveland Indians, Acta had lost two of the previous seasons. During the team's meltdown this August, Acta tried everything to turn things around from changing the starting lineup to altering routines but nothing worked. Acta was hired in 2009, and had one year left on his contract. Sandy Alomar temporarily replaced Acta for the last six games.

Brad Mills

On August 18, 2012, the Houston Astros fired their manager Brad Mills. Mills was in his third season managing the Astros. At the time, the Houston Astros had their worst record in the major leagues. Two coaches were also fired, first base coach Bobby Meacham and hitting coach Mike Barnett.

Jerry Manuel

On October 4, 2010, the New York Mets fired manager Jerry Manuel and general manager Omar Minaya. Manuel was fired because of his disappointing performance as the New York Mets' manager. Manueltook over as the manager for the New York Mets in 2008. Manuel had previously managed the Chicago White Sox from 1998 to 2003.

Phil Garner

In August 2007, Houston Astros' owner Drayton McLane fired manager Phil Garner. Garner took over managing the Astros in the middle of their 2004 season. Garner was also an MLB manager for the Detroit Tigers from 2000 to 2002 and for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1992 to 1999.

Chuck Tanner

Chuck Tanner had more than one experience from being fired from an MLB manager position. Tanner was an MLB manager for the Atlanta Braves, Oakland Athletics, Pirates and Chicago White Sox. Tanner was the manager of the White Sox from 1970 to 1975, and was let go when Bill Veeck reacquired the team. In October 1985, Tanner was fired by the Pittsburgh Pirates after nine years as their manager. At the time, the Braves owner quickly hired Tanner, who was eventually fired after going 153-208 over two seasons. Chuck Tanner passed away on February 11, 2011.

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