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Girardi To The Cubs? Harold Reynolds Says Yes

MLB Network Analyst Harold Reynolds told Dan Patrick on his radio show Monday he believes Yankees Manager Joe Girardi will be the next skipper of the Chicago Cubs. In the interview, Reynolds said Girardi has too many ties to the Windy City, and feels that will be enough to lure him back to the Friendly Confines.

I have been saying for a long time now that Girardi would be the best choice for the Cubs should he be available for Jim Hendry to bring into the fold.  Have a listen to the interview below.  We'll be discussing all week on Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet and on The Cubs 10th Inning Postgame Show on WGN Radio 720.

 

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Edelweiss said:

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Why woulld the Cubs spend money to get a big name manager, when they are unloading all the salary they can? By 2111, they hope to have a mostly AAA team. If I were Girardi, I wouldn't want the job.

JF said:

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The only way Girardi ends up with the Cubs is if the Yankees pass on him. Girardi has a better job with the Yankees. The Cubs don't have to sign a big name or a household name manager when somebody who isn't might do as well of better. Tired of the Cubs thinking this stuff matters. Nothing against Rudy, but how much did he impact the results this year.

joeydafish said:

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Well said JF, I hope it's Sandberg, who would know the roster much better than Girardi, come cheaper than (an over rated) Girardi, and still command respect from all the young players and the (never close to becoming Hall of Famers) vets would have to keep their pie holes shut in reverence to Sandberg's HOF status. It would be so typical of Hendry to think that bringing in the "personality of the day" (Baker, Pinella, Jaramillo...)is the right course of action. Hendry is the type of FOOL who thinks entering an AMC Pacer in the Indy 500 and spending millions on the driver will bring a winner. Until Hendry is removed from the equation we all have reason to FEAR THE FUTURE.

IvyChatChuck said:

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How long of a deal with Girardi ask for? What happens if he gets, say, 4 years and Hendry is fired 1 year from now. Does the new GM have Girardi forced upon him? This could turn into Angelo/Jauron very quickly.

And guess who Tom Ricketts becomes?

David Kaplan said:

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Joe Girardi is the right hire for this job. He is a proven manager who has done an excellent job with a big payroll (Yankees) and a 14 million dollar payroll (Marlins). It doesn't matter what happens with Jim Hendry from a managerial standpoint. Tom Ricketts will be signing off on the deal and so if Hendry is or not here the new GM will keep Girardi. BTW, Joeydafish....How can u call Girardi overrated? He won a World Series and please don't tell me it didn't matter because he won it with the Yankees. The Yankees hadn't won a World Series since 2000 and they had a big payroll every year. Joe Girardi is the smart choice and the choice that i believe will happen.

joeydafish said:

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Kap, I will be glad to honor your plea and not tell you Girardi is overrated because he won a World Series with the 200 + million dollar Yankees. Nor will I say he does not deserve credit for being a good manager. I say overrated because he really hasn't compiled an outstanding resume as of yet with anybody other than the Yankees. If he had MANY SUCCESSFUL years with FLORIDA I can see him being the right man for the roster the Cubs will present in 2011. Based on what he has accomplished the same praise can be thrown at Ozzie Guillen...would he be the right man for the Cubs job? I'll admit that I am biased toward Sandberg as I think HE is the right man for this PARTICULAR UNDERTAKING and would think he is also the right man because he has put in quite the effort (successful, I might add) with the organiztion. Why go after another guy with a World Series ring from another team as if he is the soup of the day? Promoting from within, long term would show the semblance of a plan. Let's develop OUR OWN version of "The Great and Awesome Joe Girardi" for once by promoting Sandberg and giving him a long term deal so he can display the fruits of his minor league labor and commitment to the organization. BTW, I am in no way saying I would be UNHAPPY with Girardi but you must admit hiring Girardi (regardless of his past ties to the Cubs and Illinois) would much more resemble the signings of Baker and Pinella. Sandberg is the RISK, the BOLD statement, the VARIANCE FROM THE NORM that this club and Jim Hendry lacks. Ryne Sandberg is not only the smart choice to manage based on his minor league success but the right thing that any organization does for QUALIFIED employees, not just an "emotional" promotion (this is not as if the Cubs are "rewarding" Billy William with the manager's job because he's Billy Williams. Sandberg has gone through the motions, and due dillegence and EARNED a promotion to manage the Cubs. He should no way be overlooked or even handicapped by his HOF status or all the records he holds as a Cub. The time to strike with Sandberg is NOW and for a long time to come. Also, thanks so much for even the TINIEST LITTLE REMINDER that Hendry wont' be around forever. Ahhh...who the heck cares who manages the team when the big problem is who's GENERAL MANAGING the team!

TracyT said:

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Kap, I hope you're right.
My only wish is that the next manager stays around for the next fifteen season, much like a Cox and Larussa. No more three-four year stints and out the door.

Edelweiss said:

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After seeing what Piniella went through, why would Girardi want that headache?

34Sweetness34 said:

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As a true cubs fan, I would not mind seeing either manage the Cubs. Both guys have their own strengths. Ryno - has managed the youngsters throughout the minors and would be familiar with them. Girardi has experience at the MLB level with both youngsters and seasoned vets. The best case scenario would be Girardi hired as manager and Ryno hired as assistant manager (bench coach). But I think Ryno thinks he is ready for the main job...

joeydafish said:

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It's gotta be either or. Too many chefs in the kitchen with them both. Sandberg will either manage the Cubs next year or will be lost to the organization for quite some time if not for good. Either way there needs to be a long term deal as TracyT said. Come on Hendry, show some stones for once ya' pansy. And by the way, don't be coerced by any more free agents that you "just must have" into no-trade clauses, fool.

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