The Toronto Blue Jays fired manager Charlie Montoyo on Wednesday, installing bench coach John Schneider as interim manager for the rest of the season. The Blue Jays find themselves in a stretch where they’ve lost eight of 10 and continue to see their MLB Odds fade.
Heading into the season, many sportsbooks favored Toronto to take the AL East (+165), but the Blue Jays find themselves 15.5 games behind the New York Yankees nearing the All-Star break. DraftKings now lists the Blue Jays at +4000 to win the AL East and FoxBet lists them with +750 odds to win the American League.
Toronto sacked Montoyo after four seasons in which the manager registered a 236-236 record. The Blue Jays have underwhelmed despite having four All-Stars on their roster. Montoyo became the third MLB manager to be fired, joining Philadelphia Phillies head man Joe Girardi and Los Angeles Angels skipper Joe Maddon.
Here’s a look at the odds for the next Blue Jays manager and the next manager fired.
Next Full-Time Blue Jays Manager Odds
Montoyo gets the difficult distinction of being the first manager with a winning record dismissed this season. Toronto sports a 46-42 record so far and currently sits even in the standings with the streaking Seattle Mariners for the final AL Wild Card berth.
John Schneider stands as the early odds leader to be the next full-time Blue Jays manager. He’s a safe bet by Bovada considering he’s been with the Toronto organization since being drafted in 2002. Schneider’s playing career ended due to concussions and other injuries in 2006, but he transitioned to a coaching role as a catching instructor.
Schneider became the manager of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays in 2008 and has steadily moved up the organizational ranks since then. The Blue Jays added him to their MLB staff in 2019 and named him bench coach in 2022. He’s the interim manager for the remainder of the season.
The odds leader from outside of the organization is Bruce Bochy. The 67-year-old retired with the San Francisco Giants in 2019 with a career regular season record of 1052–1054. Bochy guided the Giants to three World Series championships during his tenure (2010, 2012, 2014) and won NL Manager of the Year in 1996.
Mike Scioscia checks in with +550 odds at Bovada despite having not managed an MLB club since 2018. He finished his 19-year run in the Angels organization with a 1650-1428 record and one World Series title. He won AL Manager of the Year twice (2002, 2009) and won two World Series championships as a player with the LA Dodgers (1981, 1988). Scioscia most recently managed the US national baseball team, winning silver at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Ron Washington shares the +550 odds at Bovada. Currently the Atlanta Braves third base coach, Washington spent 12 years in MLB as a player, then seven years as a manager for the Texas Rangers (2007-2014). He guided the Rangers to back-to-back AL Championships but couldn’t win the World Series in each year. He finally got his World Series ring last year as a coach for the Braves.
An interesting longshot to consider here is Walt Weiss, who’s getting +1200 odds at Bovada. Weiss won a World Series ring like Washington as part of the Braves staff last year and stands as the Atlanta bench coach in 2022. A talented player in his own right, Weiss won a AL Rookie of the Year in 1988 and a World Series in 1989. He earned his lone All-Star berth in 1998. Weiss spent three seasons as the Colorado Rockies manager (2013-2016), compiling a 283-365 record.
Several baseball managers find themselves on the hot seat these days thanks to the underperformance of their teams. Odds for the next MLB manager to be fired remain fluid, especially considering Montoyo was nowhere on this list a month ago.
At BetSided, Kansas City skipper Mike Matheny holds the shortest odds to be the next MLB manager fired. BetSided has a partnership with FanDuel and gives Matheny +150 odds at this point. The Royals sit No. 28 in the current MLB Power Rankings at Sidelines, which is justified by their 34-53 record. Matheny has a 134-175 mark as Kansas City’s manager and might not survive the rebuild.
Tony La Russa held the shortest odds to be the next MLB manager fired less than a month ago at Bovada. Then, La Russa saw +400 odds. Now, he sits at +300 and floundering as the White Sox skipper. La Russa’s best managerial days a far behind him, and the disconnect with today’s MLB stars seems to echo louder each day. Chicago continues to scuffle, which is maddening considering they were the favorites (-200) to win the AL Central heading into the season.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward rounds out BetSided’s list with +450 odds, and that’s mostly due to the Rangers’ lack of progression in 2022. The team spent well over $300 million to improve the roster but remain merely middle of the pack in the AL West at 40-45. Texas started the season as +1500 to win the division, but have since seen those odds fade to +7500.
A dark horse here to consider is Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly. The Marlins spent this offseason as well, but aside from a handful of players like Sandy Alcantara and Jazz Chisholm Jr., have largely underwhelmed. The Marlins remain below .500 and could end up being a seller at the Trade Deadline. Mattingly’s bullpen management and clubhouse issues cloud the future of the franchise, and since his contract is up at the end of the year, firing him early won’t cost the often frugal Marlins too much. Last month, Bovada listed Mattingly with +850 odds to be the next MLB manager fired, the fifth-shortest odds at the time.