Zaslal: po 26. listopad, 2018 4:46 Předmět: Joe Girardi represents Nationals chance
The Nationals' decision to part ways with Dusty Baker last week after back-to-back NL East titles made sense only with a viable follow-up plan in place.None was evident at the time, but the Yankees offered up the best po sible alternative Thursday in cuttingJoe Girardi loose. So just how badly do the Nationals' owners want to break their pattern of frustrating near-mi ses?A suming Girardi doesn't want to simply take a year Drew Butera Jersey off and decompre s after a decade of dealing with everything that is baseball in the Bronx, neither he nor the team is likely to find a better fit this offseason.The Nationals are turn-key pennant contenders, winners of 192 games over the last two regular seasons. They bring back a well-established core for 2018 in Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rendon, Gio Gonzalez, Matt Wieters, Sean Doolittle and a healthy Adam Eaton.While the trend around the game, even among big-money teams like the Dodgers and Red Sox, is to give le s-established managers ashotat managing high-end rosters right out of the gate, Washington's is a roster that calls out for a veteran hand like Girardi's.The Yankees have long been frustrated with Joe Girardi's failure to apply a more human touch to the job. Hurt him a Mike Moustakas Jersey lot. Ian O'Connor (@Ian_OConnor) October 26, 2017Much of the buzz leaking from the Bronx in the wake of Thursday's announcement dinged Girardi for his lack of a personal connection with his players, but that shouldn't be an i sue in D.C. This is not a clubhouse driven Royals Cool Base White Jersey by up-and-comers like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino. It's a group that has been around even Harper will be entering his seventh MLB season and fallen agonizingly short of the ultimate goal.It's a roster that needs one last push over the top, something a busine slike leader in the Girardi mold should be able to provide. Baker could well have been that guy, too, but ownership's patience ran out.And it's ownership that likely will determine whether Girardi ends up sliding into what appears to be an ideal fit at Nationals Park. The Lerner family has a well-established pattern of churning through managers, as the new skipper will be the seventh to hold the job Lorenzo Cain Jersey full-time since the Lerners took control in 2006. Both Davey Johnson and his replacement, Matt Williams, hit the street a year after winning the NL Manager of the Year award.Constant turnover isn't the only i sue. The Lerners also are known for paying below the market rate for managers, as evidenced Baker's two-year, $4 million contract. Girardi, by contrast, just wrapped up a four-year, $16 million deal in New York.While the Nationals obviously don't have the revenue streams the Yankees do, particularly given their long-running struggles over their local television situation, this is a franchise that already has $140 million committed to 11 players for next season, not including arbitration-eligible guys like Rendon and Tanner Roark.Stepping up to pay one of the game's most accomplished skippers only Mike Cheslor Cuthbert Jersey Matheny (.560) has a higher winning percentage among active managers than Girardi's .555 an extra million or two would seem to be an obvious decision for a franchise so obviously built to win in 2018.Girardi could rightfully expre s reservations about what happens after next year, when general manager Mike Rizzo's contract is set to expire, Harper could very well be gone, and Scherzer and Strasburg alone will eat up nearly $76 million of the 2019 payroll.But there are only 30 of these jobs, and only a handful are better-positioned than the Nationals to win in 2018. If they decide to follow through.
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