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November Is A Bad Month To Fire A GM

FanGraphs had a great article, combing through Baseball America's transaction database since 1950 to see what month GMs were fired in. It was done to see how unusual it was that the Twins decided to let Bill Smith go this week, replacing him with the man he replaced, Terry Ryan.

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The reason why this is significant is that October was the highest month of GM firings. By far, the most GMs were fired in October than in any other month. Most of the other ones had three or less firings, with the exceptions of June, July and September.

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Why is this significant? Because, Astros GM Ed Wade may or may not be sticking around once new management comes on board, but it seems that odds are good he'll stick around until at least next season even after new owner Jim Crane is approved.

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Of course, there are a few cases of odd timing on firings, like when new owners take over. In those situations, the firings took place in January and February, soon after the new owner took over. So, it's a flip of a coin whether Crane keeps Wade around until the beginning of next year, through next season or fires him immediately.

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Either way, the odds are in Wade's favor to stick around.

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