Girardi regime continues
I will be flying to Dallas Friday at the time the Yankees will make an announcement at Yankee Stadium in which they are expected to say they have signed Joe Girardi to a new contract as manager, reportedly for three years. I am going to Arlington for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s annual meeting and will return Sunday night and resume blogging the Series Monday night, if they are still playing.
So I’ll toss out some comments before boarding.
Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made it clear that the club’s first priority was to get the manager’s signature on a new contract. There was some drama thrown into Girardi’s re-upping when the Cubs job became available following the mid-season retirement of Lou Piniella. Girardi’s Illinois roots and background with the Cubs as a player made for interesting speculation, but the Yankees were always the better option for Joe even if Chicago tugged at his sleeve.
The Cubs’ removal of the interim tag on Mike Quade made Girardi’s decision easier. The Yankees are pleased with his work that has resulted in two post-season appearances and a World Series title. Now that the managerial situation is settled, the Yankees can get down to the business of straightening out the coaching staff and getting into contract negotiations with Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte and working on a strategy for the free-agent market after the World Series ends.
This is the time of year that you will hear a lot of rumors. One already making the rounds is that Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson may replace the departed Dave Eiland. Peterson, the son of former Yankees general manager Pete Peterson, may not be available, however. There has been talk that with Ken Macha gone as Brewers manager, Peterson will have to look elsewhere.
My information is that it was not only his relationship in Oakland with Macha that led to Peterson getting hired in Milwaukee but also that he was coveted by general manager Doug Melvin, who reportedly is telling managerial candidates being interviewed that Peterson will remain as pitching coach.