Sorry if I'm repeating old news, but I just heard on ESPN radio that Girardi would be fired after the season.
Is this correct?
If so, there's our man right there.
*edit: I guess it's true.
Source: Marlins dumping Girardi
Rookie Johnson's injury last straw
By Mike Berardino
Tribune Newspapers: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Published September 22, 2006
MIAMI -- Joe Girardi, who guided the surprising Marlins into playoff contention despite baseball's lowest payroll, soon will be out as manager after just one season.
On a scale of 1 to 10, Girardi's chances of returning next year are "zero," according to a source who has spoken with the Marlins' front office.
"I don't think there is any chance," the source said.
With two years left on his contract, Girardi would be owed an estimated $1.5 million if no other club picks him up. The Cubs, expected to part ways with Dusty Baker, have been mentioned as a possible destination.
The Marlins already are compiling information about Girardi's successor, with three third-base coaches likely to receive interviews: Joey Cora (White Sox), Fredi Gonzalez (Braves) and Manny Acta (Mets). All three have Latin roots and speak fluent Spanish, which would be considered a significant upgrade from the current English-only staff.
The last straw for Girardi, 41, apparently was his ill-fated decision to bring back prized right-hander Josh Johnson after an 82-minute rain delay Sept. 12 at Dolphin Stadium.
"Not one of the smarter moves of the year," the source said.
With the Marlins still clinging to wild-card hopes, Johnson tried to stay loose by playing catch in an indoor batting cage. That he left four innings later with forearm cramping and was subsequently shut down for the year with a strained ligament did not help Girardi.
Nor has it helped that Girardi's tense relations with Marlins management have not improved. The rookie manager and general manager Larry Beinfest "barely speak" and have "no relationship at all," the source said