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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Rangers interview Joe Girardi for manager job

Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi confirmed over the summer that he wants to manage again, and he has begun the process of making that happen by interviewing with at least one team.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Girardi interviewed with the Texas Rangers on Friday for their managerial vacancy. The Rangers fired Jeff Banister last month after another losing season, and Girardi is the highest-profile candidate they have interviewed thus far. Some of the others include farm director Jayce Tingler, Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde.

Girardi will likely interview for multiple jobs, and it would be a surprise if he did not land one of them. The most logical fit for him could be with the St. Louis Cardinals, who fired manager Mike Matheny this year. Girardi played for the Cardinals for a brief time during his career and maintains a strong relationship with president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.

Girardi has a career record of 988-794 and won a World Series with the Yankees in 2009. He’s also just 53, which is still young for an MLB manager. It makes sense that teams could be interested in him, and we’ve heard him linked to at least one other job in addition to the Rangers and Cardinals.

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