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