Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Girardi the clear frontrunner for Cubs job?
By Doug Mittler
The search for a new manager for the Chicago Cubs is officially under way, and the early signs are pointing at New York Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi.
On Monday, we took a look at some of the early candidates to replace the fired Dale Sveum. While the names of Red Sox coach Torey Lovullo and Padres executive Brad Ausmus have popped up, their candidacy could all depend on whether Girardi decides to stay in the Bronx or head to Chicago.
Girardi only fueled the speculation Sunday whe he said he would take some time to decide
whether he will return to the Bronx in 2014. While Girardi played previously for the Cubs and has family ties to the Chicago area, Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com cautions that those ties may not be as strong as they once were.
The vacancy in Chicago has given Girardi some additional leverage with the Yankees, writes Newsday’s Erik Boland. Another option could have Girardi taking a year off to recharge his batteries and seek a job elsewhere for 2015.
Some in the Chicago media are portraying Girardi as the perfect fit. “No other realistic candidate with the managerial experience (Theo) Epstein seeks makes more sense than Girardi,” writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
Jon Greenberg of ESPNChicago.com, however, cautions that Girardi could be taking a big risk since the Cubs are still in a rebuilding mode.
Another issue could be how long Epstein and the Cubs will wait for Girardi, whose contract is up November 1, to make up his mind. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will want an answer as well, so our guess is the Girardi saga plays itself out sooner than later.