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Sport Former manager Joe Girardi reportedly doing his due diligence on Mets

23:40  05 october  2019
23:40  05 october  2019 Source:   mlbtraderumors.com

Dan Girardi retires after 13 NHL seasons

  Dan Girardi retires after 13 NHL seasons Former Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi announced his retirement Friday after 13 NHL seasons. "I would like to thank all my coaches, family, friends, and teammates for supporting me throughout my entire hockey career," Girardi said. "I want to thank the New York Rangers for giving me a chance to fulfill my childhood dream of playing in the NHL. "Throughout those 11 incredible years, I have made so many friends on and off the ice. I bled Ranger blue and gave it my all for my team, the city, and the Garden faithful.

Joe Girardi does his homework. Whether he’s the right man to lead the New York Mets in the wake of Mickey Callaway’s firing will ultimately be decided by GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon, but one thing is for certain, Girardi will do his due diligence before officially throwing his hat in the ring.

Joe Girardi wearing a blue hat© Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Girardi began doing his research on the Mets a couple of weeks before Callaway was let go, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. His ability to co-exist with the front office was one of the driving factors of his dismissal as manager of the New York Yankees, despite having managed them to a World Series title in 2009. If Girardi does return to the dugout — whether that be in New York, Chicago or elsewhere — the foundations of a solid working relationship with upper management will be an important box to check.

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The Mets are investigating all of the big names currently on the open market, with Dusty Baker, Joe Maddon and Buck Showalter surfacing alongside Girardi. Former players such as David Cone and Carlos Beltran have also been linked with the Mets' position.

As he enters his second season on the job, this could be Van Wagenen’s one chance to find the right field manager. The Mets have a tall task ahead of them considering the crowded field of contenders in the NL East. The Braves aren’t going anywhere, the Nationals have some free agency questions to answer, but they could very well return as good or better than they were in 2019, and Bryce Harper and the Phillies will enter 2020 with an increased level of urgency after fading in the second half this season.

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Even the Marlins are building toward a future of some significance, though they remain a year or two away. Seeing Girardi lead the Mets for 19 games a season against Derek Jeter’s Marlins would certainly provide an interesting game of chess between former colleagues. Furthering the fun, Miami manager Don Mattingly was under consideration for manager of the Yankees when the role ultimately went to Girardi.

It’s worth wondering whether Girardi’s straight-shooter style is too similar to the recently departed Callaway, though Girardi’s open communication is perhaps a touch more sophisticated than Callaway, who famously lost his temper with a reporter while the team was in a losing skid. It’s clear Girardi wants to return to the dugout, and if there’s a spot for him, the Mets or Cubs seem like the most obvious landing spots due to his connections to New York and Chicago, respectively.

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Mickey Callaway wearing a baseball hat: The New York Mets fired manager Mickey Callaway after two seasons and one season to go on his contract. Callaway led the Mets to back-to-back third place finishes in the National League East. 

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