Girardi's Still Trying To Focus on Managing the Yankees

By Chris Rewers on Friday, August 27, 2010

Joe Girardi, I assume, is in complete agreement with Deadspin's David Matthews that much of the talk so far regarding who the next Cubs manager is going to be has been wild speculation.

And I imagine that Girardi wishes Lou Piniella would have waited one more week - after Girardi's Yankees finished a three-game series with the White Sox on the South Side - to announce his retirement.

That would have spared us the spectacle of all the blow-dry TV types in Chicago running with a circumstantial non-story that has had no further developments since Girardi told the media on Monday that he doesn't want to talk about the Cubs job right now.

Girardi addressed the issue - again - at Comiskey Park on Friday with the goal of putting an end to the speculation for now.

"As I've said all along, my responsibility is to the Yankees,'' Girardi said. "I was hired by the Yankees to do a job, we're in a division race, a very tight division race, and my job is to prepare this team to play every day. That's what I'm focusing on."

But he probably knows better. He'll be repeating this mantra on Saturday, and Sunday, and on every other day that ends in "y" until Hendry names his man. It wouldn't surprise me if Girardi was asked about the Cubs before Game 7 of the World Series - or maybe even during the game in one of those Fox dugout interviews:

Joe Buck: Joe, are you interested in managing the Cubs?

Girardi: Well, Joe, I haven't really thought about that lately and since I'm managing a team that's playing in Game 7 of the World Series right now, I'd like to remain focused on my team.

Buck: Thanks, Joe.

Bruce Levine wrote this week that Jim Hendry hopes to have his 2011 manager in place by November. The news conference announcing his hire cannot come soon enough.


I have been impressed with Joe Girardi since he first managed the Marlins in 2006.

He has done a very good job with the Yankees the past three years.

I would like to see him manage the Cubs if his Yankees contract expires.

He is a lifelong Cubs fan and came up through the Cubs orginaztion. It would make sense for him to manage them.

He understands Cubs fans and knows what a World Series championship would mean to them.

He is a better choice than Eric Wedge or Fredi Gonzalez.

If Girardi stays with the Yankees, then Ryne Sandberg is the guy.

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