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Friday, October 25, 2019

Philadelphia Phillies to hire Joe Girardi as new manager

The Philadelphia Phillies have made a decision on their new manager. Just weeks after dismissing Gabe Kapler following two seasons, the Phillies are hiring former New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi, signing him to a three-year deal with a club option.

Girardi, 55, comes with a wealth of managerial experience—something Kapler lacked. He spent a decade guiding the Yankees, and before that a season with the then-Florida Marlins. Collectively, he’s won 55.4 percent of his regular-season games, as well as the 2009 American League pennant and, subsequently, the World Series.

When Girardi was fired by the Yankees after the 2017 season, the rumored explanation was that he had trouble relating to today’s ballplayer. The validity of that assertion is unclear. Girardi, who has since worked in a television capacity, was arguably the favorite for the Cincinnati Reds job last winter before he withdrew from the process. The Reds later hired longtime big-league third baseman David Bell instead.

Girardi had been one of three rumored finalists, alongside Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker. Clearly the Phillies were interested in hiring a veteran skipper. That predilection makes sense given the rule of thumb about teams hiring the opposite of their former manager.

Best wishes for Girardi, in what could be a rather difficult situation indeed…..

 

QLE Posted: October 25, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, managers, phillies

Friday, October 18, 2019

MLB rumors: Phillies narrow manager search to Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter

Only a week has passed since the Philadelphia Phillies fired manager Gabe Kapler after two so-so seasons, yet the organization is already closing in on naming a successor. According to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies are down to three finalists: Dusty Baker, Joe Girardi, and Buck Showalter. The Phillies will interview all three again in the coming days, and could make a final decision on their choice as soon as next week.

The old rule of thumb is that teams tend to hire the opposite of whomever they just fired. That appears to be the guiding principle here. Whereas Kapler was a rookie manager with iconoclastic aspirations, the trio above are all known quantities who have combined to manage 51 seasons’ worth of regular-season games. Each has their pros and cons.

Baker, 70, would be the oldest manager in baseball. He’s known as a skilled interpersonal communicator who gets the most out of his players. Baker has a preexisting relationship with Bryce Harper, which is likely a plus, and is more open minded about new ideas than he receives credit for being. The downside with Baker is that despite his regular-season success—he has more 90-plus win efforts than sub-.500 seasons—he’s never enjoyed much postseason success, having mustered only one World Series appearance.

Who would you hire if you ran the Phillies?

QLE Posted: October 18, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dusty baker, joe girardi, managerial search, phillies

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Girardi out, Brosius in as US manager for Olympic qualifiers

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Joe Girardi quit as manager of the U.S. baseball team trying to qualify for the Olympics before it played a single game.

Girardi said Wednesday he is leaving to pursue a major league managing job. There are seven current openings.

He will be replaced by Scott Brosius, who had been slated to be Girardi’s bench coach. Brosius, the MVP of the 1998 World Series with the New York Yankees, became the senior director of baseball development for USA Baseball earlier this year.

Willie Randolph will shift from third base to bench coach, and Ernie Young from the first base coaching box to third.

But what does Girardi do if he doesn’t get one of those jobs?

 

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, olympic baseball, scott brosius

Thursday, October 10, 2019

MLB rumors: Mets will interview at least three managerial candidates in person

While the postseason swirls about us, the New York Mets are working to find a dugout replacement for ousted manager Mickey Callaway.

That search may be reaching the next stage, as three candidates will reportedly interview in person with the Mets for their vacancy. Former Yankees and Marlins manager Joe Girardi will certainly be granted a sit-down interview, Jon Heyman reports. Girardi, who soon turns 55, is a former MLB catcher who managed the Yankees 10 seasons and led them to the World Series title in 2009. Prior to that, Girardi spent one season as manager of the Marlins. In addition to plenty of experience in the dugout and with the New York media, Girardi is also a tactically adept manager. All three points distinguish him from Callaway.

How many people did they interview on Skype, and will there be a round of interviews after these interviews?

 

QLE Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:15 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, managerial search, mets mets mets

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Cubs to interview Joe Girardi, David Ross and Will Venable for managerial opening next week

Joe Girardi expressed interest in the Cubs managerial job on Wednesday. Next week, he’ll get a chance to make his pitch.

The Cubs announced Friday that they’ll interview Girardi, David Ross and Will Venable next week for their managerial opening. The club also said that they interviewed Mark Loretta on Thursday.

Girardi expressed interest in the Cubs’ opening on Wednesday, speaking highly of the organization in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

“It’s always been perceived as a good job,” Girardi said. “A big reason is because of the fans and the opportunity to work at Wrigley Field all the time, and the excitement Cubs fans have brought for many, many years.

Let the scramble for the open managerial positions begin!

 

QLE Posted: October 05, 2019 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, david ross, joe girardi, managerial search, mark loretta, will venable

Friday, October 04, 2019

Joe Girardi is interested in the Cubs job. Or any job for that matter.

Joe Girardi tells 670 The Score in Chicago that, sure, he’d listen if the Cubs gave him a call. Actually, he’d listen if any team gave him a call:

“When you look at managing in Major League Baseball, there are only so many jobs, so obviously anything that comes across your desk, you’re going to be interested in . . . obviously I have a lot of ties to Chicago [but] any job out there is going to interest me, because I would like to manage again . . . I’ve made it known that I would like to manage again, so you kind of wait and see what happens in this process. There’s a lot of jobs open, more than I remember in the past, and there could be some more. So we’ll see what happens.”

I read that not as desperate but matter-of-fact. And pretty reasonable. Girardi was not everyone’s cup of tea as the Yankees manager — he had some issues with some of the club’s younger players towards the end there — but he was obviously successful in New York and, unlike a lot of today’s newer breed of inexperienced managers, is pretty adept at handling a bullpen. Even with today’s preference for recently-retired players who are seen more as men tasked with carrying out the front office’s orders as opposed to, you know, managing, it’d be strange if Girardi never got another shot at this.

You and me both- here’s hoping your search goes better than mine has…..

 

QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:16 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, managing

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Girardi to manage Team USA at Olympic baseball qualifier

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Four-time World Series champion Joe Girardi will manage Team USA at an Olympic qualifying tournament in November, hoping to guide the squad to a spot at the 2002 Summer Games in Tokyo.

USA Baseball said Wednesday the rest of the coaching staff for the Premier12 competition in Mexico will be announced later.

Well, at least now he’s received an offer…..

QLE Posted: August 08, 2019 at 05:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, olympics

 

 

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