The Rangers in­ter­view Joe Gi­rardi as they look for a man­ager.

Houston Chronicle - - SPORTS -

AR­LING­TON —World Series cham­pion Joe Gi­rardi was in­ter­viewed Fri­day by the Texas Rangers, who are look­ing to re­place fired man­ager Jeff Banis­ter.

Gi­rardi, the for­mer New York Yan­kees and Florida Mar­lins man­ager, was the first per­son with bigleague man­age­rial ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­viewed by the Rangers as they look to re­place Banis­ter.

Gi­rardi, who will be 54 on Sun­day, man­aged the Yan­kees to a World Series ti­tle in 2009 — their 27th over­all and only one since 2000. He had a 910-710 record over 10 sea­sons (2008-17) in New York. His con­tract was not re­newed af­ter the Yan­kees lost to the even­tual World Series cham­pion Astros in a seven-game ALCS last Oc­to­ber. He served as a stu­dio an­a­lyst for MLB Net­work this sea­son.

In his only sea­son man­ag­ing Flori­das in 2006, Gi­rardi was the NL man­ager of the year af­ter a 78-84 record with the team that had the low­est pay­roll in the ma­jors.

The Rangers pre­vi­ously in­ter­viewed Chicago Cubs bench coach Bran­don

Hyde, Astros bench coach

Joe Es­pada and Texas as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Jayce Tin­gler. In other base­ball news:

• New York Yan­kees short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius needs Tommy John surgery on his right el­bow af­ter in­jur­ing him­self mak­ing a throw dur­ing the Amer­i­can League Divi­sion Series against Bos­ton. Gen­eral man­ager Brian

Cash­man said Gre­go­rius will be out “un­til some­time next sum­mer.” Cash­man said the team will have a bet­ter idea about his re­turn af­ter surgery, which has yet to be sched­uled.

• The Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs are switch­ing from nat­u­ral grass to an ar­ti­fi­cial sur­face in time for the 2019 sea­son. The Di­a­mond­backs have played on nat­u­ral grass at Chase Field since the team's in­cep­tion in 1998.

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