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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) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: joe girardi, managing

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:40 AM (#5886335)
So if you're looking for a new coach for your softball team ...
   2. The Duke Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:04 AM (#5886370)
I like girardi a lot - I assume he will have his pick. Gotta think the Mets are the perfect spot
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:07 AM (#5886371)
So if you're looking for a new coach for your softball team ...
That depends. Will he bring beer?
   4. Lassus Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:28 AM (#5886379)
Gotta think the Mets are the perfect spot

I haven't paid attention. Is he the standard "grumpy-old-man-no-closer-in-tie-game" type?
   5. PreservedFish Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:40 AM (#5886382)
I think there's a limited market for Girardi's services - as a successful and likely expensive veteran that probably doesn't take kindly to 27-year old computer nerds telling him what to do. But the Mets do seem like a potential fit.

Then again, for Theo this could be another of those Nomar-for-Cabrera moments (or Giambi-for-Mabry), zigging instead of zagging to try and assert authority and underline the seriousness of the situation.
   6. Lassus Posted: October 04, 2019 at 10:56 AM (#5886386)
...the Mets do seem like a potential fit.

But what if I don't like him?
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 11:04 AM (#5886389)
Sure, Joe Girardi would listen if anyone called.
   8. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: October 04, 2019 at 11:25 AM (#5886399)
Sure, Joe Girardi would listen if anyone called.

Hey, the Reds called him last winter and he would not accept the charges. Not that I blame him.
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 11:51 AM (#5886413)
But what if I don't like him?

Do you want a manager you like, or a good manager?
   10. Lassus Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:33 PM (#5886488)
I still haven't heard an answer to #4. That would answer some of #9.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:44 PM (#5886493)
I think he's a fit for the Mets because:

1. The Wilpons aren't really all-in on this whole statistics thing
2. BVW is unpredictable
3. NYC legacy, and hiring ex-Yankees is a thing the Mets do sometimes
4. Unlike many teams with managerial vacancies, the Mets are not bad and hope to be in the playoffs
5. It's basically the lowest risk hiring possible
   12. calming him down with his 57i66135 Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:48 PM (#5886495)
does he have any thoughts about the various uses for coconut oil?
   13. Blastin Posted: October 04, 2019 at 01:58 PM (#5886500)
The Wilpons aren't really all-in on this whole statistics thing


Girardi is famous for his binder of stats!
   14. the Centaur Nipple Paradox (CoB). Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:04 PM (#5886506)
I liked Girardi quite a lot, though I loved to call him Joey Joey Joe and make full of his binder.

He's wound a bit tight, but I think the "trouble relating to the kids" stuff was overblown and I'd so much rather have him managing the Yankees pitching staff than Aaron Boone it's not even close.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:35 PM (#5886530)
Girardi is a known quantity, who is usually credited with doing a good job with the Marlins & Yankees. It was never quite clear why the Yanks let him go. There was some vague mention of communication issues, but Girardi is a pretty articulate fellow, and I don’t recall him ever throwing any of his players under the bus. It seems that some thought he was a bit too tough on players in private, but that doesn’t seems like such a big deal. I would think Girardi would be the “safe choice”, compared to all the folks who never managed at any level, but the success of Alex Cora & Aaron Boone may cause teams to attempt to emulate that pattern. Girardi probably gets hired somewhere, but maybe not his first choice job.
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 02:40 PM (#5886535)
He's wound a bit tight, but I think the "trouble relating to the kids" stuff was overblown and I'd so much rather have him managing the Yankees pitching staff than Aaron Boone it's not even close.

Co-sign 100%. Judge, Sanchez, and Severino all broke out under Girardi. The "trouble relating to kids" stuff is BS. I don't care if they can relate to him, as long as they can play for him.
   17. Blastin Posted: October 04, 2019 at 03:59 PM (#5886570)
Well, I agree Girardi is a very good manager, but, uh, that's correlation not causation with the young stars. Maybe it was the hitting coach. Maybe it was a lot of things.

Boone leaves some in-game decisions to be desired, but I'm gonna hold off on slamming him after this Scranton team played like that all year until he makes bad decisions this week or something. We lost last year because the Red Sox were monsters (and Britton was hurt in game 3).

   18. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:04 PM (#5886573)
Well, I agree Girardi is a very good manager, but, uh, that's correlation not causation with the young stars. Maybe it was the hitting coach. Maybe it was a lot of things.

Maybe, but he sure didn't prevent them from developing.
   19. Blastin Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:05 PM (#5886575)
Maybe, but he sure didn't prevent them from developing.


Sure. The public line that young players don't do well because of him is false.
   20. Banta Posted: October 04, 2019 at 04:43 PM (#5886587)
Girardi to the Mets at this point in time definitely feels like something that should happen. He checks all the boxes and shouldn't be too expensive for the Mets. The whole BVW being unpredictable thing is only thing possibly working against it.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: October 04, 2019 at 05:28 PM (#5886603)
I'll WAG Girardi ends up with whichever of the Angels/Padres doesn't get Maddon. Unless he was a BvW client of course.
   22. The Honorable Ardo Posted: October 04, 2019 at 07:45 PM (#5886650)
I want Girardi in Chicago, but I also want a pony. I don't see it happening.
   23. depletion Posted: October 05, 2019 at 09:33 PM (#5886978)
Check it out:
https://www.equinenow.com/pony.htm
Live the dream.
   24. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 06, 2019 at 11:17 AM (#5887032)
Back in the early 90's when Girardi was a Cub and I had a book shop, I used to visit a suburban Chicago book dealer named Joe Girardi every year when I was in Chicago for a book fair. We got to talking about the Cubs, and he told me that he would often get angry calls from Cubs fans any time the "other" Girardi screwed up in a game. He'd undoubtedly get a hundred times as many calls if Girardi came back to manage the Cubs, but fortunately for him, "my" Joe Girardi is now dead and his phone is permanently disconnected.

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