Joe Girardi expresses interest in Cubs’ manager position
After one of the most successful five-year runs in franchise history, the Chicago Cubs parted ways with veteran manager Joe Maddon at the end of the 2019 regular season.
Team president Theo Epstein has already confirmed three internal candidates that will be taken under consideration for the vacancy (David Ross, Mark Loretta and Will Venable), but he also indicated that the team will explore a number of other candidates.
One of those candidates might be former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who expressed some interest in the job on Wednesday:
Joe Girardi expresses interest in Cubs managerial openinghttps://t.co/O8KjbhBjoA
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Girardi appeared on WSCR-AM 670’s “Mully and Haugh Show” to discuss a possible return to the bigs and suggested that Chicago could be a potential fit (via Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune):
“When you look at managing in major-league baseball, there are only so many jobs,” he said. “So anything that comes across your desk you’re going to be very interested in. … There are 30 jobs and obviously 10 teams in the playoffs, so those jobs probably aren’t open. So you start to look at the other jobs that are available, and obviously I have a lot of ties to Chicago.
“And any job out there is going to interest me because I would like to manage again.”
Girardi played seven seasons with the Cubs as a player and was named to the All-Star team in 2000.
The former catcher took over for Joe Torre in New York as the manager of the Yankees in 2008, amassing a .562 winning percentage in 10 years and helping the club win the World Series in 2009. He has not managed since the 2017 season.