As soon as Lou Piniella announced his retirement earlier this year, Yankees manager Joe Girardi's name was brought up. And it will continue to be bandied about until the Cubs hire a new manager.
Girardi is in the final year of his contract with the Yankees and a Chicago native. He was a finalist for the job when Piniella was first hired four years ago. Today he talked about it with reporters, including George A. King III of the New York Post . Here's what he said:
“My focus is here, I have a responsibility to the organization and the guys in the clubhouse,’’ Girardi said. "As a player, when I was a free agent, I never worried about where I would be. As a manager I am never worried about where I am going to be. The one thing I can control is getting the players to play the best they can every day. I am very happy here, a great working relationship with everybody.’’
Girardi's in an enviable situation, he has the best team in baseball, an expiring contract and a suitor with deep pockets and a need for a big hire. Will Girardi leave the Yankees? I don't know, but I do know he'll be an even richer man come 2011.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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