He’s not Clueless Joe in terms of the Mets.
Joe Girardi started asking buddies and former colleagues concerning the group in latest weeks, in keeping with an business supply, effectively conscious a managerial change might be coming. A emptiness was created with Mickey Callaway’s firing on Thursday, leaving the Mets amongst seven groups looking for a brand new supervisor.
The previous Yankees supervisor is probably the most important identify on normal supervisor Brodie Van Wagenen’s listing of potential candidates for the job. Girardi’s résumé isn’t in query — he guided the Yankees to their final World Sequence title in 2009 and loved 10 straight successful seasons in The Bronx — however the former catcher additionally departed the job amid questions of whether or not he may coexist with the entrance workplace.
A well-respected tactician, Girardi may need to persuade Van Wagenen and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon he’s versatile sufficient to collaborate with the entrance workplace, whereas on the similar time emphasizing that he’s no one’s pushover.
“Joe doesn’t must work, however Joe needs to work,” a former colleague of Girardi’s informed The Submit on Friday. “However he’s not simply going to take something, he needs to go the place it’s the proper match for him. Is that the Mets? I don’t assume he’ll know except he interviews with them.
“He’s acquired to have the ability to mesh with the entrance workplace. I’m certain Joe goes to say, ‘If I take this job it needs to be this fashion.’ ”
Buck Showalter, Joe Maddon and Dusty Baker are different marquee names the Mets may doubtlessly interview. Internally, high quality management coach Luis Rojas is well-respected, and names equivalent to Joe McEwing, Joey Cora and Joe Espada all have ties to the entrance workplace and await their first large league managing jobs.
“It’s an honor to be thought-about for a job,” Showalter informed The Submit’s Joel Sherman. “There’s plenty of high quality individuals on the market. We’ll see the place it takes us.”
Girardi, who’s working the ALDS between the Astros and Rays for Fox, will interview for the Cubs’ opening subsequent week, in keeping with a number of studies. Different managerial vacancies exist with the Giants, Padres, Pirates, Royals and Angels, however Girardi hasn’t been linked to any of these openings.
Girardi has studied the Mets, in keeping with the previous colleague, and sees a workforce able to contending for the postseason, albeit with questions concerning the bullpen and outfield protection, particularly. The previous colleague took exception to the notion Girardi is “tightly wound” — an outline that has adopted the supervisor all through his profession.
“Joe is passionate and he’s aggressive and he’s going to do what he believes must be accomplished,” the previous colleague mentioned. “I do know one factor: There’ll by no means be a difficulty within the clubhouse, within the dugout with the accountability and that’s what this recreation is dropping now. You might be dropping accountability. Guys should be informed the reality. They don’t should be informed how nice they’re on a regular basis.
“They should be challenged — in the proper means, not in a derogatory means — and that’s what [Girardi] will do. He has the gamers’ backs, but when there is a matter he addresses it. I don’t assume Joe is wound too tight.”