Joe Girardi receives interesting managerial offer
Joe Girardi has an opportunity to get back into managing, though in a somewhat unexpected place.
Girardi has been offered the head coaching position at UCF, according to Marc Feinsand and Juan Toribio of MLB.com. Girardi has yet to make a decision on whether he will accept the position.
Joe Girardi has been offered the head baseball coach position at the University of Central Florida, sources tell me and @juanctoribio. Girardi, who has managed the Marlins, Yankees and Phillies and won the 2009 WS, has not made a decision yet as to whether he will accept the job.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) June 8, 2023
Managing in college would definitely represent a step down for Girardi, who could wait it out and receive MLB interest again. His last stop in Philadelphia went poorly, however, and it does not necessarily reflect well on him that his interim replacement Rob Thomson guided the Phillies to a World Series appearance after Girardi’s firing. Players seemed to enjoy playing for Thomson more as well.
Girardi has spent the last year broadcasting for the Chicago Cubs. The 58-year-old has 14 years of MLB managerial experience, so he could certainly be beneficial for a college program.