Girardi interviews for Rangers’ opening
The Rangers interviewed Joe
Girardi on Friday in their search for a new manager. The former Yankees and Marlins manager was the first person with big-league managerial experience to interview to replace Jeff Banister, who was fired last month.
The Rangers already have interviewed Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rangers assistant general manager Jayce Tingler.
Girardi, who won three World Series titles as a Yankees player, managed the Yankees to a World Series crown in 2009. He had a 910710 record over 10 seasons in New York from 2008 to 2017.
The Yankees did not renew his contract after they lost to the eventual World Series champion Astros in a seven-game American League Championship Series last October.
Yankees star shortstop Didi
Gregorius will need Tommy John surgery on his right elbow after injuring himself in the AL Division Series. The team said in an unexpected announcement that surgery has not yet been scheduled.
The Diamondbacks, who have played on natural grass since their inception in 1998, are switching to an artificial surface at Chase Field in time for the 2019 season.