The candidates have all been interviewed, and now Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and the rest of the team’s hierarchy must pick one to be the next Yankees manager.
Those candidates do not include Alex Rodriguez, who Cashman said he consulted with on the matter, although he did not express an interest in the job.
“I reached out to Alex a number of times, saying, ‘Hey, what have you got?'” Cashman told MLB.com. “I looked for a lot of guidance from a lot of people that I have respect for, and Alex knows baseball as well as anybody.”
Four of the six candidates who interviewed for the job at Yankee Stadium have ties with the team. The most recent interviewee, nine-time All Star Carlos Beltran, met with Cashman and other team officials for several hours Wednesday. Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson, former Yankee and current ESPN television analyst Aaron Boone and former Yankee player Hensley Meulens, currently bench coach with the Giants, also interviewed. The other candidates are Mariners manager Eric Wedge and Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward.
Next step for the candidates: A meeting with members of the Steinbrenner family.
Whoever gets the job will face huge expectations, which comes with the territory in leading the most storied franchise in American sports history under the bright lights of the New York media. Joe Girardi was let go after a season in which he led the Yankees to 91 wins and the ALCS before losing to the eventual world champion Astros.
“It’s a great place to work,” Cashman said. “We have great ownership, a great team. It’s a very attractive position, clearly. There were a lot of people who feel they were up to the challenge.”