COMMENTARY | There will be plenty of changes for the New York Yankees this winter after what looks increasingly like it will be a playoff-less 2013 season. One change that might come, whether the Yankees want it to or not, is in the manager's chair.
Joe Girardi is in the final days of his contract and an interview with Girardi posted Thursday by ESPN New York raised the possibility that the Yankee skipper might look for a new challenge after this season.
Girardi said in the interview that "I haven't thought of myself doing anything else." He did seem, however, to leave the door open to explore other opportunities.
Who would manage the Yankees if Girardi were to decide to move on? Here are five possibilities.
1. Tony Pena -- The current Yankees' bench coach was skipper of the Kansas City Royals from 2002-2005. He has been with the Yankees since 2006 and has been the bench coach ever since Girardi became manager in 2008. He was AL Manager of the Year in 2008. If continuity is what the Yankees want Pena would deserve strong consideration.
2. Don Mattingly -- Donnie Baseball lost out to Girardi for the job back in 2008. He is now finishing his third season as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sure, the Yankees would probably have to make a trade with the Dodgers to bring Mattingly back hom, but it's been done before. The Red Sox traded with the Toronto Blue Jays to get their current manager, John Farrell.
3. Tony LaRussa -- I know the 68-year-old LaRussa "retired" after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title after the 2011 season. He is a Hall of Fame manager with six pennants and three World Series titles to his credit, however. Don't you have to at least kick the tires? Managing the Yankees would have to intrigue LaRussa on some level.
4. Jorge Posada -- Here is one thought that is completely outside the box, out of left field, whatever you want to call it. Maybe you think I'm completely out of my mind. Why not Posada, however? Catchers have historically become good managers. Posada was always a leader, and he has the fire and tenacity to be good at the job. He understands New York, and provides a link to the glory days -- something the franchise is increasingly losing. The fact that Posada has never managed or coached would make this a risk. Would it be worth taking?
5. Mike Scioscia -- The current manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has long been a Yankee nemesis. After 14 seasons with the Angels Scioscia might be on his way out in Anaheim after what has been a disapponting season. He has won two AL Manager of the Year awards and has long been considered one of the game's best managers. He will have plenty of suitors. Would New York be one of them?
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