Girardi withdraws Nationals application

Oct. 24, 2006 at 12:51 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Joe Girardi, the former manager of the Florida Marlins, has withdrawn his application to become the next manager of the Washington Nationals.

Considered to be a favorite for the position, Girardi said he decided not to seek the Nationals job after weighing family concerns, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. He said he did not want his family, which includes a 7-year-old daughter, a 5-year-old son and a 7-week-old daughter, to have to move again so soon after settling in Miami.

However, Girardi said he may take a position with a different team.

The decision follows two meetings Girardi attended with Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden and team president Stan Kasten. Girardi said the meetings were encouraging.

"I was very impressed, very impressed with Jim and Stan, the organization, the new stadium, the Lerners," Girardi said in a telephone interview. "I think it's a great ownership group, and the situation is going to be very good. I think it's a wonderful job. But I think I came to the conclusion at this time that it's not the right move for my family."

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