Rumor: Orioles Getting Second Shot at Girardi?
If there’s a managerial equivalent to Mark Buerhle right now (someone everyone wants but no one can seem to get), it would have to be Joe Girardi. The former Marlins skipper was courted by the Baltimore Orioles last week and has been rumored to be the heir apparent for Joe Torre in the Bronx. However, if the Washington Post is correct, the Orioles might get a second shot at landing the much coveted manager. According to the post, "If the Orioles still haven’t decided on a manager by the end of the season, it’s a possibility they could restart talks with Girardi then, a team source said yesterday." Apparently Girardi’s decision to turn down the Orioles’ offer last week was mostly due to the timing (taking over a team mid-season) factor.
Even if timing was the key factor, it’s tough for me to see the brown birds getting another bite at the apple. If the Yankee position opens up I’d expect to see their former catcher to accept in a heart beat. However, I think I’d rather see Girardi managing another young team similar to the situation in Florida. He’s young for a manager and might have a hard time dealing with the high priced veterans on the Yankee squad.