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Joe and the BossEverybody is talking about all the great free agents who will be up for grabs this postseason. Torri Hunter. Andruw Jones. A-rod.

But don’t forget about that other group of free agents: the managers. Joe Torre’s tenure as New York Yankees manager would seem to be over, following tonight’s loss to the Cleveland Indians. And that means he’ll be one of many qualified candidates looking for a new gig next season. Let’s look at some of the names that could be out there:

1. Charlie Manuel. His contract is up with the Phillies. The Phils say they want him back, but they seem reluctant to sign him to more than a one year contract, especially since GM Pat Gillick is only staying one more year. Manuel wants a two-year deal for himself and for each of his assistants. He may walk. And the Phillies may let him walk. Manuel isn’t a great in-game manager, but he’s a candidate for Manager of the Year and he kept the Phils playing hard down the stretch.

If Manuel doesn’t end up back in Philly, I’d love to see him go manage the Astros, where his former boss, Ed Wade, is the new GM. That would be fun.

2. Tony LaRussa. Cardinals GM Walt Jocketty has already been shown the door and reports are LaRussa is all but gone. Say what you will about Tony, but he’s a great baseball mind. And he wins. He’ll have a job somewhere next season. My money is on the Seattle Mariners, who collapsed at the end this year and need a change at the top.

Joe Girardi3. Joe Girardi. The former manager of the year is doing play by play for the YES Network. He’s obviously biding his time for the right offer. Doesn’t look like he’ll get the Yankees job, but maybe St. Louis? The Pirates could use a guy like Girardi, who worked magic during his one-year in Florida. But would Girardi want to manage in Pittsburgh? Doubtful.

4. Joe Torre. He says he’s “not ready to move somewhere and not do anything.” In other words, he wants to manage next year. But where? My money is on St. Louis, but don’t discount the possibility of Torre sitting out a year and then taking over for the Mets. Or, if Manuel walks, Torre could go to Philly. I don’t see him in Houston, unless he’s really in the mood for a change of scenery.

These are some serious manager candidates. And we haven’t even mentioned guys like Terry Pendleton (maybe Kansas City?), Tony Pena (New York?), Bobby Valentine, Phil Garner or Jimy Williams (taking over for Manuel?). Those are some big names, and there are only so many jobs out there. This should be a fun offseason.

4 Responses to “It’s a bumper crop of managers.”

  1. Sarah,

    Nice article. Thanks for the mention of our site. I’m biased, obviously, but I’m going with theory #4.

    Adam

  2. Brilliant. “WTF is wrong with Gagne?” may be the true unanswerable question, but you’ve come as close as any human possibly can.

  3. The Astros have already named Cecil Cooper as manager so they aren’t in the running for any of those candidates.

  4. Paul Moro says:

    I think LaRussa in NYC is a terrible idea. Sure, he’s a name that won’t be overshadowed by the Torre-era. But given his experimental style of managing, his “smartest-guy-in-the-room” attitude, and last year’s DUI charge, the media is going to have a field day with this guy. I don’t think that La Russa is a guy who will break as a result of the scrutiny. But it will put the Yankees in the papers for the wrong reasons.

    Plus, can you imagine this guy handling the young careers of Hughes, Joba, Kennedy, etc? Maybe the success of Wainwright has changed his mind a bit but he’s not exactly known as a guy who likes young players.

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