The other day, I tried to argue for Joe Girardi by presenting three reasons why he was the man for the Cubs. As we all know, Monday is D-day for Dusty. All signs point to the fact that Hendry will begin his search immediately following the meeting on Monday. I’d like to present three reasons why Joe Girardi’s cell phone should not ring.
1. He’s a hometown hero
Nothing would be worse than to see a guy like Girardi come in and get boos like there’s no tomorrow. When I graduated high school, everyone told me that one of the worst things you could do was to room with someone you were close to already. They said it made it hard to go through the troubles roommates go through and you end up with a bad taste in your mouth as a result. I look at managers the same way. We don’t need to get a sour taste on Girardi. This team has fans that are just too hard on everyone. When Jones stunk, people booed. They booed Patterson right out of the state. That doesn’t need to happen with Joe.
2. He has shown he can work with young talent?
Has he really? When you look at the “young talent” he has been given, it’s really more than the average team has to work with. Guys like Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Dontrelle Willis, and Miguel Cabrera are not your average young players to work with. To be fair Joe has been given quite the pot of players to work with. Given the lesser players in our system, he would not be nearly as effective.
With the same argument, he hasn’t shown he can work with guys that are considered veterans. How well can he deal with guys that aren’t much younger than him? It’s a whole different style of managing and we haven’t had a chance to see that from him.
3. He’s Young
With youth brings inexperience. For all we know, this could be the fluke year that Dusty had in 2003. He could totally stink up the joint and make young manager mistakes. This team has waited too long to have a guy come in and make young manager mistakes while we continue to wait for a championship. We need someone with some experience.
Joe worries me a little. Earlier in the season, he brought back Josh Johnson back after a rain delay and he ended up hurt. Those kind of things worry you a little.
With all that being said, there are a couple of names out on the market now. What are your thoughts on Felipe Alou or Frank Robinson? I am by no means saying those are my choices. I just wanted to start the discussion.
This comes from RotoWorld:
The Cubs have begun negotiations with third baseman Aramis Ramirez over a contract extention.
”I spoke to [agent] Paul Kinzer [Friday], and I think we’ll try to move forward a little bit this week,” general manager Jim Hendry said. ”Hopefully, we’ll be able to keep Aramis. He certainly has expressed to me, as well as his people, that he would like to stay.” Ramirez has the option of being a free agent at the end of this season.