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Does Cubs delay signal Girardi interest?

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09:54 AM ET 10.17 | Have back-channel discussions been going on between the Cubs and people who claim to speak for Joe Girardi? I have no idea. But the longer this goes on, the more you'd have to believe the Cubs have received indications that Girardi is interested. (If it turns out that Cubs general manager Jim Hendry never gave Girardi the time of day, somebody ought to open up an inquest.)

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October 17, 2010  10:11 AM ET

I would be shocked that Girardi would go to the Cubs (one of the worst run franchises in MLB) from the Yankees (one of the best run franchises in MLB).

Just makes no sense.

October 17, 2010  10:21 AM ET

...those braces kill me..

October 17, 2010  11:21 AM ET

No it just means no one else really wants the job either...

October 17, 2010  12:03 PM ET

Hendry may be busy working on a contract extension for Soriano.

October 17, 2010  01:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I would be shocked that Girardi would go to the Cubs (one of the worst run franchises in MLB) from the Yankees (one of the best run franchises in MLB).Just makes no sense.

I'm sure a 100% raise & a long term contract. wouldn't cause Girardi to have to think about it. I'm sure he's very secure in NY where Managers always have long tenures and garner great respect from their fans

October 17, 2010  02:24 PM ET

Girardi wants to have the Cubs panting after him so he can push up his contract value with the Yankees. What an embarrassment it would be for the Yanks to have their coach skip town for Chicago! And this from a lifelong Cub fan...

October 17, 2010  03:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I would be shocked that Girardi would go to the Cubs (one of the worst run franchises in MLB) from the Yankees (one of the best run franchises in MLB).Just makes no sense.

No shet.

October 17, 2010  04:55 PM ET

This won't happen, though I didn't think Lebron would leave the Cavs. LOL.

October 17, 2010  05:41 PM ET

Some guys enjoy a challenge and maybe JG would welcome the challenge.

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October 17, 2010  06:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I would be shocked that Girardi would go to the Cubs (one of the worst run franchises in MLB) from the Yankees (one of the best run franchises in MLB).Just makes no sense.

I think the reason Joe Girardi would be interested in managing the Cubs is that he came up through their system, graduated from Northwestern University (8 miles from downtown Chicago), he has family in the area and he grew up in Illinois. I think he'd like the challenge, to be honest. I also think that dealing with the NY media and lifestyle as the Yankees manager is not something he enjoys. He's said as much on several occasions. I still think they will make Sandberg the manager though. He approached the organization 5 years ago about getting involved and managing someday and they said "OK go to the minors". He started in the low minors and is now the AAA manager. He's won big at each level, so he's done what they asked. He knows the young players, etc. We'll see in a couple weeks.

October 17, 2010  07:43 PM ET

Not only does he have ties to the Cubs and Chicago, but the biggest challenge and ultimate accomplishment would be to finally get the Chicago Cubs to the World Series. He'll be forever remembered as a Championship winner but to take an organization like the Cubs to the top would put his resume at the top of the list.

October 17, 2010  08:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I would be shocked that Girardi would go to the Cubs (one of the worst run franchises in MLB) from the Yankees (one of the best run franchises in MLB).Just makes no sense.

The Yankees aren't the best run, they just outspend everone. Cashman ought to take Larry Beinfest's budget for a spin some time and we'll see how smart he is. If Girardi, who happens to be from the Midwest and was originally drafted by the Cubs, could win a title there, he'd be God in that town, forever. No such thing available in New York.

October 17, 2010  09:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I still think they will make Sandberg the manager though. He approached the organization 5 years ago about getting involved and managing someday and they said "OK go to the minors". He started in the low minors and is now the AAA manager. He's won big at each level, so he's done what they asked. He knows the young players, etc. We'll see in a couple weeks.

I think this is right. For PR purposes, it would be a winner. If the guy can actually lead and manage, then all the better (in that order, since we're talking about the Cubs)

October 17, 2010  11:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

The Yankees aren't the best run, they just outspend everone. Cashman ought to take Larry Beinfest's budget for a spin some time and we'll see how smart he is. If Girardi, who happens to be from the Midwest and was originally drafted by the Cubs, could win a title there, he'd be God in that town, forever. No such thing available in New York.

hahahahahahahahahahaha

your ignorance cracks me up

October 18, 2010  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I would be shocked that Girardi would go to the Cubs (one of the worst run franchises in MLB) from the Yankees (one of the best run franchises in MLB).Just makes no sense.

actually it would help his ego. If he won with Chicago they would worship him winning with the yankees makes him same old same old

October 18, 2010  09:23 AM ET

If Giradi is the former player and current manager that has a real passion for the game of baseball perhaps he's ready to manage a club that develops its farm system and players instead of buying the players the real MLB clubs have developed.

His history indicates he is truly a traditional player/manager which is good for baseball. The big money clubs with the Yankee$ being the worst that buy their talent end up really sticking it to the fans.........just look at what it cost to go to a ballgame these days.

October 18, 2010  11:40 AM ET

Good they can have him. I take Torre back for 1 year and let him retire as a Yankee. Give it to Willie Randolph or Don Mattingly or even Posada

October 18, 2010  02:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#26):

If Giradi is the former player and current manager that has a real passion for the game of baseball perhaps he's ready to manage a club that develops its farm system and players instead of buying the players the real MLB clubs have developed. His history indicates he is truly a traditional player/manager which is good for baseball. The big money clubs with the Yankee$ being the worst that buy their talent end up really sticking it to the fans.........just look at what it cost to go to a ballgame these days.

Your argument makes no sense. The Cubbies have very high ticket prices and the highest payroll in the National League. Most of their talent has come from trades or free-agent signings. If Girardi wanted to move to a ball club that develops its own ballplayers and isn't a big money club, he certainly wouldn't choose the Cubbies to manage.

 
October 18, 2010  02:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#24):

hahahahahahahahahahahayour ignorance cracks me up

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