New York Mets managerial candidate Joe Girardi has stepped down from his role as manager of USA’s Olympic baseball team.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Joe Girardi is looking to put all of his efforts into finding new managerial opportunities. The potential New York Mets target is stepping down from his role with Team USA to pursue a job as an MLB manager.
Joe Girardi steps down as @USABaseball manager for upcoming @WBSC Premier12 (@Tokyo2020 qualifier) in order to pursue @MLB “managerial opportunities,” per federation news release. Scott Brosius, USA Baseball’s senior player development director, is taking over. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 16, 2019
While there is no report that Girardi is closing in on a managerial job, this certainly makes it seem that way. It’s rare to see people step down from high-profile jobs without feeling confident about landing another gig in the near future.
The former New York Yankees manager is in the mix for the Mets gig. There are concerns that Girardi will be difficult for a general manager to work with, but Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Girardi wants the job “badly enough” to allay some of those concerns.
If he’s willing to take a backseat to the GM and he’s pulling out of his role with Team USA, it’s clear that Girardi has one goal on his mind—he wants to manage in the big leagues again. He last managed in 2017 when he took the Yankees to Game 7 of the ALCS.
Although he is one of the most accomplished candidates on the market, there’s still no guarantee that Girardi lands a managing gig next season. Only time will tell what this move means for Girardi. However, this is certainly a story that interested parties should keep their eye on.