Joe Girardi: The Veteran
By Vincent Page (@VincentPage74)
Joe Girardi is a long shot to be the LA Angels next manager. However, amongst all candidates, he is by far the most accomplished. He is well-known for his anti-facial hair policy (can confirm the Angels have no big bearded players), but is one of the best coaches of the last 15 years.
Girardi won the 2006 Manager of the Year Award in his sole season with the Florida Marlins. That year, he led the team with the lowest payroll in the MLB ($15 million!) to a 78-84 record, and was contending for the Wild Card spot until the final weeks of the season.
Due to a rift with ownership, Girardi was fired after the season. He interviewed for several managerial jobs, but ultimately went unsigned and waited a year later to sign with the New York Yankees. He went on to win the 2009 World Series, and was fired in 2017 despite being one win away from the World Series.
Billy Eppler and Girardi worked closely with each other before Eppler’s move to LA, and there was no reported problems between the two. Given the Yankees record as one of the best teams in the MLB since Girardi’s hiring, it may be the right move for Eppler to reunite with his old running mate.
Girardi has reportedly interviewed with the Reds for their opening, and has been connected with the Orioles and Twins. The Angels would be wise to at least interview the best manager available, even if he isn’t the most progressive.