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Report: Girardi asked to manage Yankees

Oct. 29, 2007 at 2:22 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Joe Girardi, manager of the year the one season he managed in the major leagues, has reportedly been offered the job as manager of the New York Yankees.

ESPN Radio reported Monday that Girardi was being given the chance to succeed Joe Torre as the Yankees manager. He served as Torre's bench coach for one season before taking over the Florida Marlins in 2006, taking the young team to a 78-84 record and winning the National League manager of the year award.

However, he clashed with Marlins' upper management and was fired.

He was one of three people interviewed to take over the Yankees. Don Mattingly and Tony Pena, who formerly managed in Kansas City, were also considered. Both were on Torre's coaching staff last year.

Girardi, who turned 43 on Oct. 14, spent 15 seasons as a catcher in the major leagues and won three World Series titles in four years with the Yankees from 1996-99. He also played for the Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals.

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