Thursday, October 3, 2013
Possible Girardi replacements in New York
By AJ Mass
The New York Yankees and Joe Girardi met on Wednesday to discuss the possibility that the manager will sign a new contract with the team rather than pursue a job elsewhere, either with the Chicago Cubs or in the broadcast booth. Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com reports on the on-going negotiation process here.
With the talks still in the very early stages, it's unclear as to what the outcome will ultimately be, but we thought now would be a good time to once again present a few of the names that might end up on the Yankees short list if a deal doesn't get done:
- Tony Pena: If the Yankees decide to stay in-house, why not look to another former big league catcher in Pena, who has been Girardi's confidant on the bench for the past five seasons. He has had success running a team before, winning Manager of the Year honors with the Kansas City Royals in 2003, and was in consideration for the Boston Red Sox job both pre- and post-Bobby Valentine.
- Dave Miley: He doesn't have "name value," but if loyalty is to be rewarded, then Miley might have a shot at succeeding Girardi in New York. Miley has been the Yankees' Triple-A manager since 2006 and is a two-time International League Manager of the Year. He does have big league managing experience, having managed the Cincinnati Reds from mid-2003 to mid-2005.
- Don Mattingly: There was plenty of talk earlier this season about Mattingly possibly getting the ol' heave-ho in LA before his Dodgers made an amazing turnaround (42-12 record combined in July and August) that sent them from the NL West cellar to the top of the standings. Mattingly left New York after Girardi bested him for the chance to replace Joe Torre, and it wouldn't be too hard to imagine him having a desire to return to his pinstripe roots, especially given the Dodgers' attitude regarding his long-term future just a few short months ago.
- Willie Randolph: He's looking for a job, having been passed over for a bench coach position in Houston when Bo Porter got hired as their new manager. He has kept his toe in the pool, as it were, by helping out Joe Torre as a coach for Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He also has experience as a manager in the Big Apple from his tenure with the Mets. This is a long shot, but that Yankees pedigree as a player and his managerial experience at least puts him in the conversation.
- Jason Giambi: A true wild card here. Giambi almost won over the Colorado Rockies in their last managerial search; the job went to Walt Weiss. Giambi turned down the chance to be a hitting coach and instead decided to play another year, hitting eight home runs with the Cleveland Indians while serving as a mentor in the clubhouse. If the Yankees do opt to give Giambi a shot, they also could get the added bonus of already having a big bat available to them in Giambi. Sure, there hasn't been a player-manager since Pete Rose, but stranger things have happened.