Dale Earnhardt Jr. was understandably emotional after his cousin, Tony Eury Jr., was replaced as his crew chief. But he may have reason to smile. We found several other midseason managerial changes that worked out pretty well.
A Pitt start
With Michel Therrien calling the shots, the 2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins were on the outside of the playoffs looking in. But what about with Dan Bylsma on the bench after Therrien's midseason firing? The Penguins are back in the Stanley Cup finals for the second straight season.
Just in time
With 12 games left in the 2008 regular season, the Brewers were in danger of falling out of playoff contention after surprising all season long. Exit Ned Yost. Enter Dale Sveum. Though the wisdom of making such a move so late in the season was questioned, it ultimately paid off, as the Brewers went 7-5 under Sveum and earned the NL wild card.