Thursday, October 12, 2006
The Washington Nationals spoke for a second time with former Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi yesterday, according to a source with knowledge of the team's search for a new manager, an indication that Girardi is a serious candidate for the vacancy created by the departure of Frank Robinson.
Girardi also is a candidate to manage the Chicago Cubs, a team for which he played catcher. His Chicago ties are strong -- he was born in Peoria, Ill., and played at Northwestern -- and if the Nationals want to hire him, they could end up in a tug of war with the Cubs, who would like to wrap up their hiring process by the end of next week.
The Nationals have offered no timetable to make a hire since the search began, and General Manager Jim Bowden and President Stan Kasten remain mum on the process.
Girardi first met with Nationals officials last Friday. He appears to head a list of at least five candidates.
-- Barry Svrluga