By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to media reports, Joe Girardi is the front-runner to become the next St. Louis Cardinals manager. The team fired long-time manager Mike Matheny late Saturday night.
Mike Schildt will serve as the interim manager for the rest of the season. In addition to Matheny being fired, the team also fired hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller.
“I would definitely listen,” Girardi 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.”
Girardi, who presently serves as an analyst for the MLB Network, is unlikely to accept a managerial job in season.
The Cardinals enter Sunday’s game just one game over .500, as they sit at 47-26. However, in their last 29 games, the team is just 11-18.
According to The Athletic, Matheny used reliever Bud Norris “to police the team.” This reportedly led to rookie pitcher Jordan Hicks being singled out.
Girardi did not receive an extension after last season. The Yankees decided to hire former player Aaron Boone to lead the team this season.
There was belief last season Girardi struggled communicating with his younger players.
While Schildt will lead the team moving forward — and has guided teams to league championships in their farm system — Girardi is a proven winner at the Major League level. In fact, Girardi has a 2009 World Series ring on his resume.
Whoever hires Girardi, it would be his third MLB managerial job. He led the Florida Marlins to a 78-84 record in 2006.
Then, after a decade with the Yankees, he went 910-710 in the regular season. He was also 28-24 in the postseason with one pennant and one World Series Championship.
In 2017, Girardi led the Yankees to a 91-71 record. The 91 wins were the most wins in a season, under his leadership, since the team had 95 wins in 2012.