An early rumor has Joe Girardi declining the offer from the New York Yankees to remain their manager for the years to come. While this is merely just a rumor, it obviously brings a smile to Cub fans faces because as the time keeps passing and Joe Girardi remains on the market, it is more likely he is the manager of the Cubs in 2014.
There are several factors that go into this situation. Joe Girardi sees the potential in the Cubs’ organization and he realizes that Theo Epstein knows what he’s doing as far as building a contender is concerned. Being a former player for the Chicago Cubs obviously plays into his decision as well. I’m sure managing a team he made such an impact on as a player appeals to him. Finally, he has already won a ring with the New York Yankees who just continue to get older and missed the playoffs this year for the first time in 13 years.
While Girardi led them to an 89-73 season, this team’s core talent is on the decline. E.g. Mariano Rivera (retired), Derek Jeter, C.C. Sabathia, and many more.
While it may be very hard to tell, the Cubs are on the rise. They just need the right man at the helm to develop this young talent and many people feel Girardi is the guy. With youngsters Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro already up in the big leagues, expect many others to follow in the next two years. Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, C.J. Edwards, and Kris Bryant are all names that you will be seeing make the leap from the minors to the majors and what better man to have molding them than Joe Girardi.