With manager Dale Sveum‘s job very much in question, there have been many rumors surrounding the Chicago Cubs and who will take over for Sveum. The one guy who has been mentioned the most is current New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Would Girardi really leave the Yankees for a struggling franchise like the Cubs? Well, it may be more possible than you think.
First of all, it is not a forgone conclusion that Sveum will not be back next season. He still has one year left on his deal, and I have a hard time giving him too much blame for the struggles at the major league level the past couple of seasons. Regardless of blame, it does appear that Sveum is very much on the hot seat, with reports that his fate will be decided on Monday. As of right now, I think that Sveum will be fired and the Cubs will be very interested in Girardi.
Girardi was a catcher in the big leagues for 15 years, starting his career with the Cubs and also playing for them for three seasons late in his career. Girardi was always known as a catcher who could handle a pitching staff as well as anybody, and it was always obvious that he would make a great manager someday.
Girardi spent one season as the manager of the Florida Marlins in 2006, where he was named National League Manager of the Year. Despite winning the award, Girardi was fired by the Marlins in the offseason. Before the 2007 season, Girardi interviewed for the Cubs’ job, and he was seriously considered before the Cubs went with Lou Pinella instead. Girardi took the year off before landing a job with the Yankees in 2008, replacing the legendary Joe Torre. Girardi led the Yankees to a World Series title in 2009.
Girardi’s contract with the Yankees is up after this season. He has always expressed interest in the Cubs job, as he grew up in Peoria, Illinois, which is very close to Chicago. The Cubs will surely have some sort of interest in Girardi, and I think that they will have a legitimate shot of landing the current Yankee skipper. Girardi will go down in history if he is known as the manager to lead the Cubs to a World Series, and he will be extremely close to home. Girardi will obviously have a ton of options, but there are already rumors floating around that he is interested in the Cubs job. I think Girardi will come to Chicago, if the Cubs decide he is the guy.
Obviously, if they do fire Sveum, the Cubs will interview a handful of candidates before they decide on somebody. But at this moment, I see Girardi as the favorite to land the job.