The Park Place Economist


This study aims at answering two questions: Why does a manager get fired and what impact does dismissing the field manager of a baseball team have on subsequent team performance? It is hypothesized that a manager will be fired when a team is performing poorly. If this is the case, a new manager should improve performance; however, the fans and chief executives do not recognize the other potential factors that lead to meager performance. Is it realistic to believe that getting rid of a manager will automatically lead to increased winning percentages in a team? The decision to focus on management within sports was made based on the fact that sports foster an environment in which there is a huge cultural, social and economic impact on today‘s society (Audas et al., 1999). In one-way or another, a majority of the population can relate to the sporting world. In addition, team performance is easily measured in baseball making the data needed for this study accessible.