Nats interested in Yanks’ Joe Girardi and others
According to Dave Kaplan of CSN Chicago, the Washington Nationals have requested permission from the New York Yankees to interview Joe Girardi for the Nats managerial opening.
Girardi has been managing the New York Yankees since 2008. In six years with the Yankees, Giardi has compiled a record of 972-564 and has won one world series, that coming in 2009. Girardi seems like a long shot because the Yankees have reported interest in retaining Girardi and paying him a raise to stay. The Chicago Cubs also have interest in Girardi.
Adam Kilgore from the Washington Post reported possible interest in San Diego baseball assistant Brad Asmus. However, according to Kilgore, the two most widely know candidates, current Nats coach Randy Knorr and Arizona 3B coach Matt Williams, have yet to be contacted. That’s an indication that Nats may be no where close to wrapping this search up. According to Kilgore, Knorr will interview soon.
Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr has been told by General Manager Mike Rizzo he will interview for Washington’s vacant managerial position “soon,” he said. The interview, which has been widely expected, has not been formally scheduled as the Nationals remain in the early stages of their search to replace Davey Johnson.
People close to the Nationals suggest Knorr appears to be the leading candidate, but it seems too early in the search to handicap with great precision. They have, for example, yet to ask the Diamondbacks for permission to speak with third base coach Matt Williams, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Last week we heard in another article that former Oriole great Cal Ripken, Jr. would likely be willing to talk to the Nationals. However, there is no indication the Nats have any interest in Ripken. Here is an updated article by Thom Loverro.
If this Cal Ripken-Washington Nationals manager dance is going to move forward, someone’s going to have to pick up the phone. Either Ripken is going to have to call the Nationals, or the Nationals are going to have to reach out to Ripken. As far as I can determine, neither has happened yet.