Also didn't realize this thread started last year, haha.
I think he HAS to go. Too many boneheaded decisions out of the dugout to believe he is competent. And two second-half collapses don't speak well to his ability to motivate. Obviously, in both instances, you can't pin EVERYTHING on him (i.e. pitching staff, injuries, etc.), but they still are playing below their capabilities, IMO. We have a losing record VS the Marlins and will finish behind Arizona, a deadline seller. Just not getting most of the talent we have, albeit being a flawed team both years.
Definitely want him gone, but I will say he does come across as intelligent -- yet does dumb things. With some reflection and more experience, he's the type of guy who I wouldn't be surprised if he finds success down the road.
Next focus will be the Front Office. But I was satisfied with this past offseason (I believe there were metrics and reason to make an informed bet on the young pitching), but even though I am not a big Kuechel guy (did not want a long-term deal with him), it does boggle my mind they never even contacted him. The one-year deal he signed with Atlanta wasn't unreasonable. Plus the whole farm system being bad even after a rebuild, but who knows whose fault it is (was interesting conversation I read from many posters before discussing drafting, systematic development problems, etc.). Another disappointing season though, and I think he, MacPhail, etc. should be sweating it.