Joe Girardi has turned down an offer to manage the Baltimore Orioles, two days after interviewing with the club and getting an offer on the same day. The ball club approached Girardi, who was their top candidate from the start, after dismissing Sam Perlozzo as manager after just more than two seasons in Baltimore.
Girardi was named National League Manager of the Year last season after guiding a young and inexperienced Florida Marlins team to a 78-84 record. Before the season, many believed that Florida could lose up to 100 games. Girardi was fired by the Marlins after his one season due to problems with owner Jeffrey Loria.
A former major league catcher with the Yankees, Cubs, Rockies and Cardinals, Girardi was the bench coach for Yankees manager Joe Torre for one season before taking over for the Marlins. He is currently a broadcaster for the YES Network.
The move to turn down the Orioles job leads to speculation that Girardi is holding out for the Yankees’ managerial position when Joe Torre retires, which is expected in the next couple of seasons, if not at the end of the current one. However, many believe that the Yankees’ current bench coach, and former captain, Don Mattingly is in line to take over for Torre when the time comes. Regardless, Girardi will remain with the YES Network for the remainder of the season.