November 15, 2006

Fired

Joe Girardi won the National League Manager of the Year award today for the job he did with the Marlins this season. Of course, he was fired two days after the season ended, thanks to a rift with Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the team. I'm not sure what all went on to get him fired, but I know that part of it was bringing young pitcher Josh Johnson back into a game after an 82 minute rain delay. Just like that, Johnson went from 2nd in the league in ERA to the DL with biceps tendonitis.

I wonder, though, has any manger ever received this award after being fired? By the way, Girardi is joining the YES network as a broadcaster rather than immediately seek another managing job. The Cubbie faithful here were clamoring for this guy (he went to Northwestern), but they ended up with Piniella.

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