Tag:Joe Girardi
Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm
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Wedge interviews for Cubs gig

Add Eric Wedge to the list of candidates for the open Chicago Cubs managerial position.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had dinner with Wedge last night and spent all day with him today in a "thorough interview process."

Wedge becomes the second "known" candidate, along with interim manager Mike Quade. Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame Cubs second baseman and current Triple-A manager, has thrown his name into the ring and it's assumed he'll be a candidate. Other names thought to be in contention are former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Nationals coach Pat Listach. Listach interviewed for the job in 2006, as did Girardi.

It's not surprising the Cubs are moving this fast on their decision, but still don't expect any final choice anytime soon. If Girardi is a legitimate candidate and if they do have real interest, he's unlikely to have much time before late October to go through a similar "thorough interview process."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 8:15 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:54 am
 

Girardi talks Cubs

Joe Girardi As soon as Lou Piniella announced his retirement earlier this year, Yankees manager Joe Girardi's name was brought up. And it will continue to be bandied about until the Cubs hire a new manager.

Girardi is in the final year of his contract with the Yankees and a Chicago native. He was a finalist for the job when Piniella was first hired four years ago. Today he talked about it with reporters, including George A. King III of the New York Post . Here's what he said:

“My focus is here, I have a responsibility to the organization and the guys in the clubhouse,’’ Girardi said. "As a player, when I was a free agent, I never worried about where I would be. As a manager I am never worried about where I am going to be. The one thing I can control is getting the players to play the best they can every day. I am very happy here, a great working relationship with everybody.’’

Girardi's in an enviable situation, he has the best team in baseball, an expiring contract and a suitor with deep pockets and a need for a big hire. Will Girardi leave the Yankees? I don't know, but I do know he'll be an even richer man come 2011.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:01 pm
 

Teixeira not on Yankees' trip


Mark Teixeira Mark Teixeira wasn't on the team's flight to Texas after Monday's game against the Red Sox. Instead, he's sticking behind in New York to be with his wife and the birth of their third child.

Teixeira's wife is due Tuesday, when the Yankees open a two-game series against his former team, the Rangers. After that, the Yankees head to Kansas City for four games. Teixeira told the Star-Ledger 's Marc Craig he didn't know how many games -- if any -- he'd miss.

"This is not an exact science," Teixeira said.

Yankee manager Joe Girardi said the team would deal with the situation when they have to deal with it.

Teixeira is hitting .259/.369/.498 with 25 homers and 84 RBI and .319/.426/.659 in the last 30 days. With Teixeira out, it would seem obvious Lance Berkman would take his place. Berkman has struggled a bit in his short time since coming to New York in a trade, hitting .185/.241/.259 in pinstripes. However, he'll be going to a place he's enjoyed playing -- Texas' Rangers Ballpark. There, Berkman is hitting .284/.392/.532 with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 29 games in his career.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 1, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2010 12:33 pm
 

Rodriguez gets day off from 600 chase

Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez is getting a day off and so are we.

On his quest for his 600th home run, Yankee manager Joe Girardi is sitting his third baseman in today's game in Tampa. Ramiro Pena is starting at third base for the Yankees, batting ninth against James Shields.

Since hitting his 599th career home run on July 22, Rodriguez has gone 8 for 36 (.222) in the next nine games, with two doubles and seven RBI. Rodriguez's wait is already the longest for any of the 600 club members after hitting career homer No. 599. Willie Mays went 21 at-bats between 599 and 600.

"The way I'm swinging now, it's probably going to take a while -- everybody get comfortable," Rodriguez told reporters, including MLB.com's Spencer Fordin following Saturday's game. "I'm just glad to be out there helping the team somehow. I scored a run. People are asking me about home runs. I'm asking for a hit-by-pitch, infield hit, bunt single, error. I'll get on base anyhow. The home run will come."

For those of us watching games and getting the live cut-ins on ESPN or MLB Network, we sure hope so. Unless this is some kind of Sisyphean punishment for Rodriguez and baseball's tacit approval of the steroid era. If so, it's a pretty good joke.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:23 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 11:03 pm
 

DeJesus hurt on Jeter's inside-the-parker


David DeJesus The best outfielder on the trade market, the Royals David DeJesus, may be on the shelf.

DeJesus left Thursday night's game against the Yankees with an apparent right wrist injury as he tried to track down a Derek Jeter liner at the wall.

The Royals center fielder made what appeared to be a running, leaping grab of Jeter's liner, but hit the fence and his wrist bent back and the ball dropped out of his glove. Jeter, meanwhile, raced around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. He was replaced by Rick Ankiel, who was activated from the disabled list earlier on Thursday.

The Royals have a $6 million club option for DeJesus for 2011. DeJesus is hitting .318/.384/.443 with five home runs and 37 RBI. DeJesus has been mentioned as a trade target for any team needing an outfielder, including the Yankees, Red Sox, Giants, Braves and Rays.

It was the second inside-the-park homer in Jeter's career. His first, coincidentally, was in Kansas City with current Yankees manager Joe Girardi on base. It came on Aug. 2, 1996, off of Jeff Montgomery.

UPDATE: Possible good news for the Royals -- and other teams -- as YES Network is reporting DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb and will miss the rest of the series. X-rays taken at the stadium showed no fracture.

UPDATE 2: Much less sunny news from the Kansas City Star 's Bob Dutton, who tweets DeJesus will see a hand specialist on Friday and "might be out a while."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 6:26 pm
 

Girardi tries to sidestep Cubs speculation

Joe Girardi There will be a lot of people reading into what Yankees manager Joe Girardi had to say Thursday on the subject of the Cubs' upcoming managerial opening, but what's most important is what he did NOT say: "I'm not interested."

That's all Girardi would have had to say to at least minimize the distraction of the impending opening in Girardi's hometown. Instead he did some verbal bobbing and weaving that would make Sugar Ray Leonard proud.

"I figured this would come up once Lou [Piniella] announced his retirement," Girardi told the New York Daily News. "I have a responsibility to this club and the guys in that room, and that's my concern. People can speculate all they want, but that's my concern right now. I don't really think much about it."
The closest Girardi came to straight-up denying interest in the Cubs job was when he said "yeah" when asked whether his preference was to continue managing the Yankees.

But he also uttered the dreaded line: "I've loved my time here." That's the equivalent of a GM being asked about a manager's job security and replying that "[So-and-so] is our manager."

"I love it here; I've loved my time here," Girardi said. "I put my kids in school here and they're enrolled to go to school here next fall. There's going to be talk; I grew up there, I grew up a Cubs fan, I went to Northwestern, I lived in Chicago. But my concern is right now."

The Yankees visit Chicago (although on the South Side) August 27-29. There's a slight chance the subject might come up again then.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 20, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Is Sandberg next Cubs manager?


Now that Lou Piniella has announced he will retire at season's end, who is next to manage the Cubs?

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has a quick list of candidates : Ryne Sanberg, Joe Girardi, Bob Brenly, Joe Torre and Alan Trammell.

Girardi is the longest of shots, there is little reason for the former Cubs catcher to leave the Yankees for Chicago's North Side. The Cubs can't offer him more money or a better chance to win. Girardi will likely manage the Cubs at some point down the line, but it won't be in 2011.

Torre, Sullivan writes, is a real possibility. His contract with the Dodgers runs out after the season.

Brenly is in the Cubs' broadcast booth, and that job is less stressful and has a better prognosis for long-term employment. Brenly managed the Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series title and was 303-262 in parts of four seasons. He was let go after a 29-50 start in 2004.

Trammell is the current Cubs bench coach and has managed the Tigers and is liked by Jim Hendry, Sullivan reports. Trammell was 186-300 in three seasons with the Tigers from 2003-05.

Sandberg is the likely choice. He would create excitement among an aggravated fanbase, is a Cubs legend, understands what he's getting into and has also paid his dues in the minor leagues in a way many Hall of Famers would see as beneath them.

Sandberg is currently managing Triple-A Iowa and has also managed Class A Peoria and Double-A Tennessee.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 10:17 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:18 am
 

Burnett loses battle with Rays, Plexiglass


A.J. Burnett OK kids, a little lesson I learned in college -- there's no winner when you hit an inanimate object. The best case scenario is a tie. Worst case scenario is you break something and you've got to pay. In my case, it was my left hand, which hurts when you're left-handed and you've got classes on the history of the Russian Revolution and medieval Japan -- note taking and essay writing can be a chore with a cast on your hand.

The Yankees' A.J. Burnett lost his cool Saturday and had to leave in the third inning because of cuts on his hands.

Here's how the Star-Ledger 's Mike Mazzeo described the action :

Clearly frustrated after allowing three runs over the first two innings of his start this afternoon, Burnett, 33, went into the clubhouse and pushed a pair of Plexiglass lineup holders on the wooden double doors leading into the showers with great force, causing both of his palms to be cut.

Embarrassed by his actions, Burnett, who sustained lacerations on both hands, initially told trainer Steve Donohue he cut his hands bracing himself after falling down the dugout stairs. However, he later fessed up when questioned by manager Joe Girardi.

"I let my teammates down," said a remorseful Burnett after the Yankees' 10-5 loss to the Rays. "I let my frustrations get the best of me. It's something I've got to deal with."

[Joe] Girardi let Burnett pitch the third inning, hoping he would regain his composure and turn it around. But after the enigmatic right-handed flamethrower hit Evan Longoria and threw a wild pitch before allowing an RBI single to Carlos Pena, Girardi had enough. He went out to the mound along with trainer Gene Monahan and pulled Burnett from the game.
Burnett isn't expected to miss his next start, Girardi said and the pitcher noted he'd already apologized to Brian Cashman and would apologize to his teammates on Sunday.

The incident is reminiscent of a similar action by Kevin Brown in 2004, but Brown didn't suffer any cuts.

Burnett got the loss against the Rays and fell to 7-8 with a 4.99 ERA this season, with just one win in his last eight starts. Burnett is in the second year of a five-year, $82.5 million contract that pays him $16.5 million annually. For their troubles, the Yankees have gotten a 20-16 pitcher with a 4.37 ERA in 52 starts. Not a bad back-of-the-rotation guy in the leagues, but hardly someone you'd like to owe more nearly $60 million.

While not a complete bust -- Burnett can be dominating at times -- it's still a price tag that would cripple just about any other franchise, but once again the Yankees are different. It's naive -- and flat out incorrect -- to claim the Yankees buy titles and win only because of their free agent signings. No, the biggest difference for them is their ability to overcome these types of offseason mistakes. They pay dearly in dollars, but not in any other way.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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