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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

GIRARDI AVAILABLE NEXT YEAR

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According to a report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Joe Girardi will be out as Marlins manager after just one season.

The report identified a source close to the Marlins front office who described Girardi’s chances of returning as Florida’s manager a “zero” on a scale of one to 10.

“I don’t think there is any chance,” the source told the newspaper.

Wow. Apparently the final straw came after he brought back rookie pitcher Josh Johnson after an 82 minute rain delay. Johnson subsequently hurt his arm and is out for the remainder of the season. ESPN covers it here.

Sounds like Girardi fits the mold of a Cubs manager if he is abusing his starters like that. Even so, it’s hard to overlook what the Marlins have done with that $15 million payroll. And if he is a taskmaster and makes guys work I say bring him in. This team needs work ethic and leadership badly. The other stuff can be smoothed out.

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  • http://www.inwaltwetrust.com Chris

    I’ve heard no reason that would justify him being replaced after just one year. Nobody expected that team to compete; I don’t know why one mistake would warrant his firing. Maybe I just haven’t heard all that’s going on, but from what I could tell, he did a fine job this year.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    He did a heckuva job. Read the article I linked–it describes the situation in its entirety. It’s not really performance related.

    Even so, we’ll take him over here.

  • http://www.inwaltwetrust.com Chris

    I don’t blame you for wanting him. Off topic, but why in the world is no one talking about Rich Hill? Since his call-up he’s had an ERA under 3.00…. He may not be as young as some of the other prospects, but he’s been as consistent as anybody. Seems like he’s flown under the radar as far as national coverage is concerned.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Au contraire: http://zonersports.com/?p=519

    In fact, as I was thinking about the 2007 Cubs, a lot of the hope is based on his recent performance. Dare I say I hope Prior returns to his former self and with Zambrano and you can bet a starter from free agency, the Cubs may have a good rotation next year.

  • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Tom

    I’ve read a number of blogs praising Hill.

    And Girardi’s move to managerwould be a breath of fresh air, if it happens. Let’s get Steve Stone in as GM and we’ve got a promising future.

    Can’t believe you are still clinging to Prior. As long as the Cubs hold on to that fantasy the club is paralyzed to do anything substantial. At least they will dump Wood. Both need to be let go and God speed.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Not much of a choice really with Prior. He’s here. He’s got about 4.5 years of MLB service time. he’ll be here next year and the year after unless he is traded.

    At the least I hope he could stay healthy and we could trade him for something.

    He’s likely the most aggravating player ever. But he also wouldn’t be the first guy to come back from injury and return to form.

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