If that had any bearing on the decision, I'd not only be disappointed, but quite upset.
I can think of other actions that would better curry fan favor, like four dollar beers at the stadium, $140M payrolls, traditional double-headers and owner financed stadiums.
If the Pohlads are making any onfield-impacting calls to appease fans, MLB needs to strip them of their ownership.
If the front office really wanted a different manager they could get one, but they would have to nail the hire or risk their jobs. And I think it is quite likely they like Molitor, as they should.
I know it's hard to believe, but good relations with a fan base and trying to sell tickets is part of the equation. Ultimately winning is what matters the most (by far), but you can screw up the process in the mean time and do actual damage and cost revenue. It is a massive risk to replace Molitor after his season with media, fan base, corporate sponsors, etc.
I could go either way myself, I don't think managers matter *that* much and I find most criticisms of Molitor on here to be weak sauce.
And yes, an owner is going to have to sign off on a decision of who the manager is (I don't think the Pohlads are going to force a certain move tho). There's not a franchise in professional sports where that's not the case, so I don't think mlb is going to strip them of the team.
Edited by drjim, 09 October 2017 - 06:04 PM.