joe girardi managerThe wait is over. Today, the New York Yankees announced the Joe Girardi has finally agreed to an extension with the team he’s managed for the last six years.

The extension is for four years, one more than the Yankees had originally offered, according to multiple reports. This waiting process, and the obvious interest coming from the Chicago Cubs, apparently just bought Girardi an extra year from the Yankees.

For those pining for Girardi, this is something of a bummer, even as it was never likely that Girardi would leave the Yankees. For my part, I’m mostly shrugging my shoulders. While I did believe Girardi was likely to be a fine managerial candidate for the Cubs, I was never on board with spending upwards of $20 million (of apparently limited funds) to get him. Effective managers can be found for much less, and this front office will earn its stripes in doing so.

We’ll never know if Girardi is re-upping because he always wanted to return to the Yankees and he just used the Cubs as a shadow pawn to get the Yankees to add that fourth year, or if it was the Yankees who played hardball and told Girardi the offer was off the table if he talked to another team.

We know only that Joe Girardi will not be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, and it’s time to let yourself leap completely into the managerial search process, as the Cubs have already done. I could be sold on any of the three named candidates thus far (Manny Acta, A.J. Hinch, Rick Renteria), and I’m open to new information as the process continues.

  • Senor Cub

    Listen Up! Girardi not coming to the Cubs is one of the best things. Anyone can coach this team, hell anyone can coach any MLB team. There was nothing wrong with Sveum just like there is nothing wrong with Girardi coaching the Cubs but neither was going to make a difference between a good and bad team. Cubs can use that money towards pitching..pitching, pitching, pitching…let’s get some good pitching and this team will be great soon!

  • Jimmy james

    I’m on board with mike Maddux, Greg could be on his staff…..I’m kind of expecting acta at this point though, not sure why

  • T

    Agreed. MLB should do away with managers and coaches. Just let the players play the game. Even in little league coaches just get in the way. If you let the kids play without interrupting they actually figure out the team concept quite quickly and easily.

    • Jamie

      What?! That’s an insane comment. I am a Little League coach. Have you ever played?

      • MichiganGoat

        Well I took every team in MLB 94 to the World Series on easy mode so I know more than any of you.

        • Jamie

          Was replying to the Little League reference only. If team concept translates to the “who can get the most dirt in his glove,” then I’d say this is accurate. Many Little Leaguers who have come to my teams have had this concept down pat.
          Funny quip, though, Goat, and sorry I sounded as if I was coming off the top turnbuckle with the “yeah…my mom can beat yours up” comment.

          • MichiganGoat

            I’m just bustin balls here its okay

        • ssckelley

          That is nothing, I did it with RBI Baseball, Bases Loaded, and I even created my own team on Baseball Stars and won. Old school baby!

          • MichiganGoat

            Ah baseball stars yeah I built a perfect team of Cubs on there, I think it was the George Bell/Danny Jackson “super-can’t miss the world series” team.

            • hansman

              Speaking of perfect, I once led the 2022 Cubs to a 162-0 record on OOTP.

              • chrisfchi

                Won 5 world series with the cubs in MLB 13 the show as their starting 3rd baseman. Going for the 6th one tonight.

            • ssckelley

              It is fun to drag out the old NES games once in a while. My kids were in shock when they seen the graphics.

  • Jono

    Im never watching baseball again. Bye BN and baseball people. I F’n hate this sport

    • DarthHater

      Take a deep breath.

      • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

        Lol, let him jump if he wants to jump. Who are we to stand in the way?

    • Eric

      Clutch those pearls…

  • Cardfan

    Came across the Girardi news and stopped by to see the reaction. Never thought it was a possibility. Maddux is your next manager – bank it. Only twist is that it’s Mike, not Greg. I had a conversation today that confirmed both that and the fact that this deal may bring Greg, as well, as pitching coach. As long as nobody gets stupid and screws this up, let me be the first to congratulate you all, as I think you will end up in a much better place as a result. I would take that combo over Girardi in a NY minute.

    As for Cox as a bench coach – have a frickin nother. Who would think that, much less write it down…

    • TOOT

      Or Owido Tae Chen? Looking good.

  • josh ruiter

    And one more time for good measure:
    Davy Martinez, Jose Oquendo, and mike maddux are the top 3, i would still love jim hickey as an option, and we have the three sabr guys already interviewed. That pretty well rounds out the options at this point i think. Maybe a sandy alomar jr or cal ripken will get an interview for good measure. I would like any of those first three. And again, as far as hispanic influence for our prospects, how about pudge as a bench coach, 3b coach, hitting coach, whatever you want really.

  • poloy

    Let Girardi continue to lose with the hasbin Yankees, with no prospects. Cubs future much brighter.

  • X the Cubs Fan

    Thomas Paine once said “that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value” Re-reading this quote, I immediately thought of when the Cubs win the World Series.

  • http://It'searly Mike F

    Here in is the problem. The founders knew all to well the only chance for our nation was to win. The cost of not, was nothing short of the loss of their life, the loss of family and all they owned, and certain death. Winning is a choice and way of life. Deferring and establishing a culture of losing, too can be a way of life, it is habitual when tolerated. Theo is making a mistake if he doesn’t place more emphasis on winning. Those of you who think you can defer winning, don’t know what you are talking about. Greg Maddux is so much better than the 3 mentioned, it makes me laugh. He is a winner. If he wants an interview, Theo should have enough sense to give it to him. He’s not Manny Acta, he’s actually produced in everything he has done in the game. The guy has balls and brains. He is a natural leader anyone with half a brain, outside of an underachieving ss excluded would want to follow.

    • jt

      Thomas Paine couldn’t hit a curve and was no more a threat on the diamond than Barney is today. The Founders were still playing rounders while baseball was being developed.
      The Beane was actually spawned in Oakland and later moved to Boston and was later imported to Illinois where it is now being cultivated in Chicago. This hybrid is a fragile plant that requires tender care from those knowledgeable as to its specific needs and farm hands who are attentive directions.
      Even in kitchen preparation it has been said that too many cooks spoil the Beane.
      Long and short: the FO is setting up a system. They need a manager who will take time to understand that system and tend to it as intended.

    • Boogens

      I loved Greg Maddux as much as the next guy as a player but I have to ask what are your examples that support your perspective that “He is a natural leader”? Yes, he was a great individual player but when did he really ever lead anyone? How is that projectable into thinking he can be a great manager?

  • ssckelley

    So it looks like Greg Maddux is everyone’s new shiny. He might make a good pitching coach, but a manager? Let’s think about this for a minute, he has no experience as a manager at any level. I do not think we want a guy, even a great former player, learning on the job with this team.

  • Eric

    I feel the same way about Maddux as I do Ripkin. While it might be a nice thought, these guys have zero experience.

  • Brian Peters

    Greg Maddux doesn’t have the right kind of personality to be a manager, especially for a team like the Cubs, who have a fairly large segment of fans whose job they think it is to chew up and spit out whoever comes here.

  • Die hard

    Is Nick Leyva in the house?

  • Brains

    The comments at this board are getting more ludicrous in their future predictions, defenses of front office, and accusations about the team’s problems. It’s awesome!

    • hansman

      The comments on this board are getting more ludicrous in their claims that there are swarms of posts defending the front office without rational thought. It’s not awesome!

      • MichiganGoat

        I’m not sure how comments are becoming more of a so-so hip hop artist and bad actor. But who am I to judge one’s “artistic” skills and how comments are becoming more like him.

        • http://odu Greenroom

          haha The lost art of humor and satire. We could use a little more on BN.

          • MichiganGoat

            Agreed everyone has gotten so sensitive lately, relax have fun and enjoy the process.

      • Brains

        Two of my favorite ludicrous posters! Look none of us have a clue how we’re going to fix this team, and it’s probably not going to get better within the next 2 years. So let’s dig in.

        • MichiganGoat

          My hooves are always dug in and always with a growler nearby and yes a little ludicrous is always a good thing to have… now if we can just get that source/fact about Ricketts suing the city all will be good.

          • Cubbie in NC

            Goat is Founders releasing CBS this year???

            • MichiganGoat

              I don’t believe so and I haven’t heard anything about it (but that doesn’t mean its in the works I just haven’t kept up on the rumors and insider news lately). They just finished there massive remodel and expansion so my guess is they didn’t want to try to do a release of CBS while their tap room was under construction. My guess is fall 2014 will be the release and it will be the biggest release they have ever had.

              I still have one bottle left from the previous release but it calls me everyday. Man I love that brew, we should so have a BN CBS release party in GR, we can camp out at the founders parking lot and have a blast and stream the fun on the message board.

              • Cubbie in NC

                I loved it too. I have my people in the Midwest looking out for some for me whenever it comes out.

                One place down here actually got some and did advertise it, and it was gone in a couple of days. I got a bottle other than that, but my will power is not as strong as yours, mine is already gone.

                Foothills Sexual Stout is our big release down here, but it is not in the same class.

                Live correspondents, I like it.

                • MichiganGoat

                  I expect the next release will be larger since they have dramatically increase their production volume, but since its such a desired brew it might not matter. At the release party you can only buy 2 bottles per person so I always bring the wife and couple of her friends that don’t like beer so I can get more than 2.

                  • Brains

                    Founders is amazing. I keep Double Trouble in my fridge.

                    • MichiganGoat

                      I have a fresh growler from yesterday waiting for me after today.

                  • Cubbie in NC

                    Sexual Chocolate is the same way. Wait overnight and you get 4 bottles. They just expanded their production and so they are selling to a couple of stores and not just releasing that morning.

                    They pour it at the taproom the night before and it is a good place to swap beer.

                    I get non drinkers to join me as well. I have used it to swap for some of the finer Midwestern beers that I can’t get down here.

                    We are slowly getting more breweries so we might get close to Michigan some day.

              • baldtaxguy

                Sorry to be craft beer ignorant, but what’s the “C”? I thought the Founders crown jewel was “K”entucky Breakfast Stout, but are you guys referencing a different brew?

                Or do you spell it “Centucky?”

                • MichiganGoat

                  Canadian Breakfast Stout

                  But Canada doesn’t like that they use the name Canadian so its offically CBS

          • Brains

            Ricketts are suing the city? Thanks for that info MichiganGoat, it just keeps getting worse, doesn’t it?

            • MichiganGoat

              Very nice Brains duck and deflect your previous “promise” or at least admit you were being sarcastic or just keeping going “la la la la” and deflect.

        • chrisfchi

          We’re going to fix the team? Holy crap I didn’t know I work for the front office!

  • OCCubFan

    How many Hall-of-Fame players became successful managers?

    • ssckelley

      Not very many, you have to go clear back to Frank Chance with the Cubs. But that was back when they used player/managers. The last HoF manager to win a World Series was Bob Lemon with the 1978 Yankees.

      Here is a very good article on that topic that came out after Sandberg was hired by the Phillies.

      • OCCubFan

        Thanks. Excellent article. One minor error: “Frank Robinson… was the only Hall of Fame player to [be player-manager] since World War II.” Lou Boudreau also fell into that category.

  • YourResidentJag

    Gonna add another person who I think should be considered for manager: Omar Vizquel.

  • Cheryl

    Can we vote for none of the above? Who hasn’t been named as a possibility? Who would get instant respect because of his record? We’ve mentioned catchers’ backgrounds. What about some pitchers? Kerry Wood? Mariano Rivera? Why is it that we have to have someone into sabermetrics as a manager? The FO is into it but beyond them what we need is someone who knows baseball, knows how to use various strategies – shifts, when to take out pitchers, bunts, etc. A seasoned umpire could sure tell when a pitcher is tiring but I’ve never heard of one going into managing and probably never will. So, anyone else?