Report: Joe Girardi withdraws from Reds' managerial search
Joe Girardi has withdrawn his name from consideration for the managerial job of the Cincinnati Reds, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Friday.
According to a tweet from Rosenthal, Girardi had been Cincinnati's top choice to replace interim skipper Jim Riggleman, who captained the team after the firing of Bryan Price 18 games into last season.
Rosenthal reported that Girardi, who turned 54 last Sunday, plans to remain as an analyst for the MLB Network for the time being, but that he wants to manage again in the future. He led the Florida Marlins in the 2006 season, then managed the New York Yankees from 2008-17.
Rosenthal's tweet did not reference the Texas Rangers, whom Girardi also interviewed with last week. The Rangers are looking to hire a permanent skipper after Don Wakamatsu performed interim duties in the 2018 season once the team fired Jeff Banister late in the campaign.
Per the Cincinnati Enquirer, other candidates reportedly under consideration for the position include Brad Ausmus and David Bell, who along with Girardi received second interviews for the Cincinnati opening this week. A club source told the Enquirer that Ausmus and Bell are not the only finalists for the job.
Riggleman, who stepped in as manager for the Reds in April after a brutal 3-15 start, is also believed to be a candidate for the permanent position. Riggleman, who turns 66 next month, previously managed the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals. In 13 seasons as a major league manager, Riggleman owns a career record of 726-904 (.445), finishing over .500 just three times.
Team president Dick Williams said in September that three internal candidates -- bench coach Pat Kelly, first-base coach Freddie Benavides and third-base coach Billy Hatcher -- also interviewed. Former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell, who works as a Cincinnati scout -- also has spoken to the team about the job, according to Williams.
Williams has said he would like to have a manager in place by the time general managers hold their annual meetings in November, if not earlier.
Girardi had a 910-710 record in 10 seasons as manager of the New York Yankees before being let go after the 2017 campaign. He guided New York to the 2009 World Series title.
In his one season with the Marlins, he won National League Manager of the Year honors. Girardi has an overall record of 988-794 in 11 seasons as a manager.