ESPN 1050 in New York is reporting that Joe Girardi will be the next manager of the New York Yankees. Girardi and bench coach Don Mattingly have been viewed as the finalists even though Tony Peña was also interviewed.
The selection of Girardi shows a shift in power within the Yankees organization as an ailing George Steinbrenner had been in favor of Mattingly, while GM Brian Cashman and Hank Steinbrenner had Girardi as the favored selection.
An official announcement is expected Tuesday. As reported by ESPN:
"The Yankees have offered Joe the opportunity to become their next manager. Discussions are ongoing." Steve Mandell, Girardi's agent, said. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Don Mattingly and Tony Pena that they will not be getting the job.
Girardi was voted the 2006 The Sporting News NL Manager of the Year by his peers before being fired by the Florida Marlins. He has since been a television analyst working most recently for FOX during the World Series.
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