Written by The Staff
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 04:22
Joe Girardi has been voted by his fellow peers as The Sporting News National League Manager of the Year. The Sporting News will make the announcement today.
Girardi earned 6 votes by his fellow NL managers, just edging the Mets’ Willie Randolph, who collected 5 votes.
Girardi was able to take a roster primarily with 22 rookies and a payroll under $15 million and keep them in the Wild Card hunt until the last 2 weeks of the season.
However, getting his players to overachieve did not save him his job. Girardi was fired last week after friction between him, owner Jeffery Loria, and GM Larry Beinfest.
Last week Girardi was asked if it would be poetic justice to be honored as the league's top manager after being fired at the conclusion of his debut season.
"No," he said, "because I didn't take the job to win Manager of the Year. I took the job to win a World Series. Bottom line. We didn't win the World Series."That's not to say Girardi isn't appreciative of the effort given on his behalf.
"People made predictions we were going to lose over 100 games," he said. "People thought we were going to lose more games than any team in baseball. We didn't, and that was because the players worked at it [and] coaches prepared the players. I am forever grateful."
Giardi is seen as a top candidate for any number of managerial vacancies including the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.
(The South Florida Sun-Sentinel)