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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

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

MLB’s best managers tell you how to win in October

Baseball is smarter than ever, so the path to winning a baseball game in 2019 isn’t as linear as it used to be.

And how to win a baseball game in October? Well, that’s a task that MLB front offices obsess over like they’re doctors in a laboratory.

Baseball’s information age has made it such that the old formula isn’t the only formula. Feared starting pitchers, hitters that get on base and middle-of-the-order boppers who can hit the ball over the fence — those things still work. But modern baseball teams, in their neverending quest to get an edge, have employed some tactics that startle fans who have watched the games for decades.

Strikeouts aren’t as frowned upon if they lead to home runs, relievers sometimes start games and a starting pitcher going five innings is sometimes good enough.

 

 

QLE Posted: October 02, 2019 at 01:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managing, playoffs

 

 

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