Joe Girardi will not hold a third or fourth or fifth interview with the Mets.
Girardi will instead lead his rivals in East-East after receiving the Phillies job on Thursday. confirmed Joel Sherman of the Post . An announcement is expected later on Thursday.
Girardi was one of three experienced candidates interviewed by Phillies, with Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker also included. The [
] The 55-year-old led the Yankees in 2009 and the 2009 World Series also won three championships with the team as a catcher in the late '90s. Girardi spent 10 years as Yankees manager (91
Girardi has been submerged for the last two seasons as an analyst for the MLB network. He also interviewed for the Cubs who manage the job, but that went to David Ross on Wednesday.
His hiring by the Phillies, who dismissed Gabe Kapler after two seasons earlier this month, also marks a return to the NL East. Girardi was the manager of the year 2006 for the Marlins, but was released after a season following a conflict with then-owner Jeffrey Loria.
The Mets now seem ready to hire a manager with no previous experience.
Tim Bogar On Wednesday, ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez received his recall interview, and Carlos Beltran expects a second meeting with the team officials, most likely on Friday.
Other well-known candidates are Luis Rojas and Derek Shelton.
Girardi had his second interview with the Mets earlier this week.
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