Yankees Among 2018 World Series Favorites … So Who Is Next Manager?

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:44 PM UTC

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 2:44 PM UTC

The Hot Stove League already has begun in Major League Baseball, at least when it comes to managers. Big news on Thursday as the Yankees and Joe Girardi are parting company.

The New York Yankees have an incredibly bright future with young, talented stars such as outfielder Aaron Judge, who is a lock to be named 2017 AL Rookie of the Year, catcher Gary Sanchez, starting pitcher Luis Severino and others. The Bombers also have a loaded farm system, and they will spend money when need be to add big-name players.

Long story short: It would be a coveted managerial job if it opened. And it has. Joe Girardi and the Yankees have parted company. Girardi’s contract expires officially at the end of this month and the team decided not to extend it. He has managed the Yankees for the past decade, winning a World Series in 2009. The Yanks got one victory of the Fall Classic this year, blowing a 3-2 series lead in the ALCS to the Astros. The Yankees are currently +750 at BetOnline to win the 2018 World Series, behind only the Dodgers (+550), Astros (+600), Cubs (+750) and Indians (+750) – the current two teams in the World Series and the two from last year.

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“With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back.”—statement from Joe Girardi #Yankees

— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) October 26, 2017

Will the 53-year-old Girardi decide to manage next year? Many teams would love to have him. He has Chicago tied and played for the Cubs, but they aren’t dumping Joe Maddon. The White Sox are rebuilding and won’t be good for a few years, so rule them out. The Washington Nationals job is open and they are going to be contenders again in 2018. The Florida Marlins are now owned by a group that includes Derek Jeter, who of course played with and was managed by Girardi in New York. Perhaps Girardi takes a year or two off and heads to television.

Where might the Yankees look? GM Brian Cashman’s preference in a manager is usually someone with whom he has a pre-existing relationship. When he interviewed Girardi back in 2008, he also interviewed Don Mattingly (current Marlins manager) and Tony Pena. All three guys were employed by the Yankees or their network. Pena is currently the team’s first-base coach.

BetOnline has released a prop on the next Yankees manager. Here are the options:

  • Rob Thomson, Yankees bench coach: +500
  • Al Pedrique, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders manager: +550
  • Joe Espada, Yankees third base coach: +600
  • Tony Pena, Yankees first base coach: +750
  • Kevin Long, Mets hitting coach: +800
  • Trey Hillman, SK Wyverns manager (Korea): +850
  • Willie Randolph, former Mets manager: +1,000
  • Pete Mackanin, Phillies front office: +1,000
  • Larry Rothschild. Yankees pitching coach: +1,000
  • Raul Ibanez, Dodgers front office: +1,100
  • Don Mattingly, Marlins manager: +1,200
  • Josh Paul, Yankees catching coordinator: +1,400
  • Tim Naehring, Yankees front office: +1,500
  • Jay Bell, High-A Tampa Yankees manager: +1,600
  • Dusty Baker, former Nationals manager: +2,500
  • Jason Giambi, former Yankee: +3,500
  • Alex Rodriguez, former Yankee: +10,000
  • David Ortiz, former Red Sox: +50,000
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