Joe Girardi, who was the Reds’ top choice for manager according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, has withdrawn himself from consideration for the position. This is according to a tweet from Rosenthal at 5:34 p.m. Eastern time today.

The tweet said Girardi will remain with MLB Network for now, but that he still wants to manage in the future.

This presumably means that Brad Ausmus and David Bell are the two remaining finalists. In a subsequent tweet, Rosenthal called Bell the favorite now for the position, but pointed out that he is a candidate for the manager position with other teams.

19 Responses

  1. jveith1991

    Can’t the Reds ever get good news? No Girardi, an injured Hunter Greene, an injured Senzel, a front office that can’t even agree to trade Harvey, etc. And this is all in the past two months…

    • Scott C

      So did I! The only bad news might be if Bell pulls out and leaves us with only Ausmus.

  2. Stallion 97

    I think we can all agree that this isn’t a huge loss. Girardi was bound to clash with young players and that’s the last thing this struggling ball club needs.

  3. Scotly50

    I am still with Montoya or Meulens. It looking like Bell though.

  4. roger garrett

    Lets hope the Reds find their guy before the so called favorites run for the hills.Looks like 3 just became 2 and if Bell is being courted by others does that mean guys that didn’t make the cut now have made it.Sounds like we may have to just settle but I wouldn’t have Girardi in my final 3 to begin with.Old School guys,even though I am one of them,just don’t impress me much.Bunch of us to choose from anyway down at Wal Mart.No worries about Joe.Guy is good on MLB though.

  5. Jeff Reed

    Good news. Old school loses. I hope it’s Bell before he goes to the Blue Jays.

  6. Chris Miller

    Couldn’t agree more. Girardi is saving face. Personally, he wasn’t my first choice anyway.

    • BigRedMike

      Yes. Girardi was not getting the Reds manager job and was allowed to withdraw.

      Not really disappointed. Probably not a good fit for the Reds.

  7. Eddiek957

    I wouldn’t mind if we ended up with muellens. The top two candidates are also under consideration with other clubs

  8. cupofcoffee1955

    In the meeting Bob C. probably told Girardi he likes to stop by the manager’s office before the game to talk strategy.

    • IndyRedsFan

      Or……Bob told him “I expect you to play Billy in CF everyday”.

  9. Bill j

    I still think the “search” was just window dressing, they knew all along who the manager would be.

  10. Jeffversion1

    He was once manager of the Marlins.

  11. Jeff Reed

    My guess is Girardi removed himself from consideration when he found out he was not included in the second round of interviews. Being turned down by the Reds would have been an unnecessary blow to his ego.

  12. Sabr Chris

    I don’t doubt that we was the favorite of the old school face of the franchise group. When Girardi realized how big the disconnect is in the front office he withdrew.

    • Jeff Reed

      It is best for all involved provided we don’t get another old school manager for the job.