Report: Joe Girardi ‘sure to get’ sit-down interview with Mets
Who the New York Mets will ultimately choose to replace Mickey Callaway as manager remains to be seen, but one out-of-work skipper with a Big Apple pedigree is believed to be in the running for the job.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, former Yankees manager Joe Girardi is “sure to get” a sit-down interview with Mets brass. Veteran skipper Buck Showalter is also reportedly in the mix as well.
Mets are conducting phone interviews before winnowing the field to a select few for in-person interviews. One name sure to get sit-down is Joe Girardi. Mets seek experience, preferably NL and NY experience, and along w/Buck Showalter, Joe G. has both. The 1 issue: relatability— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 9, 2019
As noted by Heyman, the Mets are presently in the stage where only telephone interviews are being conducted. It’s unclear whether Girardi has been afforded a phone call or if his résumé makes such contact unnecessary and he has already cleared that particular bar in the search.
Girardi cut loose by the Yankees following the 2017 season after spending 10 successful years in the Bronx, a run that included a 2009 World Series title. Since then, his name has been frequently mentioned whenever an MLB managerial job opens, so it’s no surprise he’s seemingly on the Mets’ short list.
Along with the Mets, the Cubs have also expressed interest in Girardi as a replacement for the recently ousted Joe Maddon. The Cubs are expected to interview Girardi, along with former catcher David Ross, this week, with Girardi’s sit-down scheduled for Wednesday, per the Chicago Tribune.
Whether Girardi’s interview with the Cubs Wednesday impacts the Mets’ timeline is unknown, but chances are the veteran manager will at least listen to what the team has to say before making any official decision.