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Ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi emerges as favorite to become Cardinals skipper: report

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 7/15/2018
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Earlier this summer, Joe Girardi told The News he’d love to get back into managing.

Turns out the former Yankees skipper might get the chance sooner than later.

Girardi has emerged as a favorite to become the Cardinals manager following Saturday’s unexpected firing of Mike Matheny, according to MLB insider Bob Nightengale.

Hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller were also sacked as bench coach Mike Shildt was named interim manager, the team announced.

"I would definitely listen,” Girardi, now an analyst with the MLB Network, told The News’ Christian Red in June. “I love just being around the game, because it’s what I’ve grown up doing my whole life. I’m not just married to managing. I would listen to anything, but I would like to manage again."

The Cardinals, despite being a game over .500 at 47-46, decided on what they deemed in a press release a necessary change in leadership, as headlines began popping up indicating an old-school atmosphere filled with controversy.

For one: The Athletic reported Matheny used reliever Bud Norris to police the clubhouse, which led to the constant singling out of rookie pitcher Jordan Hicks.

That brings us back to Girardi, who despite leading the Yankees to one game within the World Series last season, didn’t receive an extension. The general thinking among members of the media was that Girardi wasn’t exactly the best at communicating with his younger players.

But perhaps the Cardinals, who have missed the playoffs the past two seasons and sit third in the NL Central, would dismiss such concerns in an effort to bring aboard a manager with a 2009 World Series ring on his finger.

One thing appears certain: Girardi would definitely consider the gig if offered.

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