Joe Girardi Rumors: Mets 'Open To' Hiring Manager If Fired by Yankees

Edwin Encarnacion

It would have seemed inconceivable that the Yankees would not want Girardi back next year ... until Friday night's ALDS Game 2 loss to the Indians, that is.

A source told Puma the Mets "fully expect" the Yankees to retain their manager, but he would be considered by general manager Sandy Alderson if he becomes available.

"Those are things that I handle at the end of the season", Girardi said (via the New York Daily News).

Yet there's increasing speculation in the NY media, and in baseball circles, that the Yankees might not offer Girardi an extension.

"I'm never anxious about that. Because obviously in my life my family is always going to come first, and I have to do what's best for them". "I worry about other people's futures, but not my own", he said. But I think that's Hal [Steinbrenner] and Brian [Cashman's] decision.


"I kind of expected it, you know".

After the Yankees' dramatic win to cut the Cleveland Indians' series lead to 2-1, Girardi said it was nice to see the "good side" of the team's fanbase.

The Indians took the first two games of the series, shutting the Yankees out in a 4-0 victory in Game 1 and rallying from five runs down for a one-run, 13-inning triumph in Game 2. Replays showed the call should have been a foul-tip strikeout on Lonnie Chisenhall rather than a hit-by-pitch, and Francisco Lindor proceeded to hit a grand slam for the Tribe. Should there be a Game 5, it would occur on Wednesday evening at Progressive Field at 8:08 p.m.

It was quickly unearthed that Chapman's account had "liked" a very pointed and controversial comment on a post of manager Joe Girardi.

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