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Heyman: Would Girardi Manage His Home-State Cubs?

Joe Girardi. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Joe Girardi. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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By Jon Heyman-
CBSSports.com

(CBS) The Yankees want Joe Girardi back as their manager, and they usually get what they want. But is it possible Girardi could leave the Bronx for his home-state Cubs?

Chicago’s beloved North Side team doesn’t even have a managerial opening and there’s no definitive evidence they will have one, but with Cubs president Theo Epstein saying publicly that they are in an “evaluation” process, it’s at least interesting to wonder whether Girardi, a Peoria native who played at Northwestern and for the Cubs long before becoming a true Yankee, might consider returning to his former team.

Managers don’t often walk away from the Yankees and the likely best opportunity for future titles based on their history, tradition and payroll, and Girardi has an especially strong relationship with all his bosses, including managing partner Hal Steinbrenner. Steinbrenner even consulted with him this summer before they acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs (Girardi was in favor). However, if anyone else could hold an allure for Girardi, it might be the Cubs.

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