BALTIMORE -- Joe Girardi declined an offer Thursday to become the new manager of the Baltimore Orioles, saying the timing wasn't right "for the Girardi family."
"Baltimore is a fine organization, a fine team, and I'm flattered that they considered me to possibly be their manager," Girardi said Thursday afternoon on The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio. "But the timing is not right for my family and I. That's basically it."
I don't know why anyone thought Girardi would take this black hole of a job. Especially considering that if the Yankees miss the playoffs and Joe Torre gets fired as a result, Girardi would be next in line to take over.
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Mattingly, who was my favorite player growing up, is nowhere near ready for the Manager's job. 2 years as hitting coach and 1 as bench coach is not enough experience. But it seems Cashman wants him to be Torre's successor. Who knows what The Boss wants, since he doesn't really talk in public anymore.
Personally, I'd love to keep Girardi locked in the YES booth until Torre gets fired or lets his contract run out, because I think he'd be a lot better that Donnie right now.
But there are things they could do if they wanted to really prevent this stuff. No law says they have to have 2000 bats, for instance. You could limit the bats per player and/or per team. You could not allow players to have their own bats.