On Saturday, several MLB manager openings were announced. The Angels announced that Brad Ausmus would become their new manager, replacing peanut butter stout-drinking-Mike Socia. The Reds hired former infielder David Bell as their new manager.
The second one bent my ear in a strange way, due to the fact that Joe Girardi has interviewed with two teams, the Rangers and the Reds. As a matter of fact, I wrote a blog not too long ago stating that the Rangers should do everything that they can to hire Joe Girardi.
It appears that nobody will be hiring Joe Girardi this offseason, as he has withdrawn his name from consideration for both jobs. Hence the Reds filling their manager position with David Bell. Turns out, Girardi has stated that he is waiting for a manager job in Chicago, his hometown, to open up before he decides to manage again. Girardi spent 4 seasons in the Cubs organization before leaving to manage the Florida Marlins in 2006. Girardi spent 1 season with the Marlins before leaving to manage the Yankees until 2017.
This is incredibly interesting considering that the Cubs have Joe Maddon, a manager that the team hired in a humiliating way, and the White Sox have Rick Renteria. The obvious thought would be to axe Slick Rick, but I’m not so sure about that, necessarily.
The White Sox are in the midst of a massive rebuild. It is still very early on, and I’m not sure that such a young team could use a manager like Girardi. That team is going to need an up and coming guy like an Alex Cora or Craig Counsell.
The Cubs are the most intriguing, given that Joe Maddon only has one year left on his deal. The 2017 and 2018 Cubs were very lack luster overall. Some would say that they were a complete disappointment. The 2017 year had the team suffering from a World Series hangover. Understandable, given that they hadn’t won in 108 years. But I’m not entirely sure what the excuse would be for 2018.
It sounds to me like there is a strong chance that Maddon has lost his voice in the clubhouse. It certainly occurred to me several times throughout the season. Typically when a very talented team can’t quite get things going for a full season, a new voice and direction is necessary.
And good ol Joe will be waiting, just in case that happens.