The MLB postseason field is set.
All 12 teams that will be competing for a World Series title have secured their spots in October and their next destination is set.
Interestingly though, five out of the 12 postseason teams have made managerial changes over the last year.
The New York Mets hired Buck Showalter to be their manager prior to the start of the 2022 season.
It’s also worth noting that the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays made managerial changes during the season, and that after those changes were made, both teams took off.
Incredibly, nearly half of the field in #MLB postseason (5 of 12) hired new managers since the end of last season, including two in-season:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 5, 2022
Sometimes, a new voice may be necessary for a team.
But all five of these teams have done well since making their managerial changes.
The Phillies’ mid-season change might have been the biggest change of all of them.
When they fired Joe Girardi, the Phils sat at 22-29.
Since then, they’ve gone 65-45 and secured the third Wild Card spot in the NL.
The change the Cardinals made in the offseason was quite a shocking one, as Shildt had taken them to the postseason three straight years.
Clearly though, Marmol has earned the respect of the clubhouse and the Cardinals have responded well to this change.
The Padres needed a change after their epic collapse last season, and Melvin was just the guy they needed to get them back on the right track.
It’s obvious that these changes have paid dividends for each team involved and that the new managers have gotten the very best out of their teams.