Jon Heyman had the following short bit about Joe Girardi in this morning’s column:
Second-year Yankees manager Joe Girardi is having a great spring by all accounts, but that doesn’t mean the pressure’s off. It may be a little early for speculation on a replacement — I think the Yankees will make the playoffs and Girardi will make it into next year — but it’s good to be prepared just in case. If they do replace him after the year, look for Bobby Valentine, who’s in his last year with Chiba Lotte, to become a candidate.
I happen to agree in that I expect the Yankees to make the playoffs, meaning Joe will survive. I like him as a tactical manager, and his interpersonal skills are reportedly improving. However, Heyman poses an interesting hypothetical. When word got out that Joe Torre was done as manager, the list of candidates was fairly obvious to most of the pundits and fans. The only people with a real shot were Tony Pena, Joe Girardi, and Don Mattingly, with a few rumblings about Valentine. If Girardi was let go, in what direction would the team go? I do not know if they would be interested in the candidates that they passed over last time, so Valentine may be on the very short list of viable replacements. Personally, I like Bobby V, and think he would be a solid fit.
What about you? Do you think Girardi should get another shot if the team misses the postseason? Who would you choose to replace him if he was let go?
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