Brian Giles' legal problems may go away soon

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Remember the ugly business with Brian Giles and the palimony suit and the physical abuse and all of that? Some of it may be going away soon:

The attorney for Brian Giles’ ex-girlfriend has asked to be dropped from her $10 million palimony suit against the Padres outfielder, citing a breakdown in communication with his client. Cary Goldstein, whose aggressive tactics often irked the Giles team, wrote in court papers that he and his client, Cheri Olvera, “are not able to communicate effectively.” He also said Olvera has not complied with certain terms of their retainer agreement. Olvera sued Giles last year, accusing him of a string of abuse while they were together. Some of her claims were corroborated with witness statements, including from a Phoenix bar in August 2006.

While there are a lot of reasons a lawyer might withdraw from a case like this, when he or she cites “breakdown in communication” with the client, it usually suggests something that goes to the heart of the case. Things such as the client being a whack job or disingenuous or the evidence not really materializing or what have you. It also makes it really, really hard for the client to find a new lawyer. At least a decent one, because no one else wants a part of that kind of trouble. Upshot: the lawsuit against Giles may go away pretty soon.

Not that this exonerates Mr. Giles in any way, because that video of the incident in Phoenix — not to mention Giles’ guilty plea to misdemeanor domestic violence charges — speaks for itself, and quite loudly at that. So, Brian Giles: still a scumbag for abusing a woman, but possibly close to being out of the legal woods.

Who are the candidates for the Cardinals managerial job?

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If you logged off over the weekend, you may not have heard that Mike Matheny was sacked as the Cardinals manager late Saturday night. I wrote about the reasons for this yesterday morning. Mike Shildt was named the interim manager and he will keep the job through the rest of the season. Between now and then the Cardinals’ brain trust is going to figure out who they want for the job full time.

Today Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch goes over a list of potential candidates. No, the Cardinals have not identified any officially, but Goold is a smart cookie and hears stuff and what wasn’t heard is informed speculation. At the very least, expect to hear many of the names he lists several times as the process goes on.

You gotta read his article to get the list, but there are a couple on there I want to talk about for a second.

The first one is Joe Girardi, who makes it because (a) he is the most prominent marquee manager who doesn’t have a job at the moment; (b) he played 16 games with the Cardinals in his final season; and (c) far more important than that is that he is tight with John Mozeliak. But while Girardi seems like a perfect candidate for a club in win-now mode, I question whether he’s truly the right guy given that he left New York for many of the same reasons Matheny left St. Louis (i.e. not relating well with young players). We can’t overstate that, however, because Girardi is, by every other measure, a superior manager to Matheny, primarily when it comes to managing a bullpen, so his rapport with the kids is not the be-all, end-all.

Goold also mentions Mark McGwire. He’s obviously a legend in St. Louis and, unlike a lot of former players who talk about wanting to get into managing these days, McGwire has been putting in his time as a coach for a long, long time. He’s currently the Padres’ bench coach. I’d like to see McGwire get the job for petty, personal reasons: a lot of people would get really, really mad about a PED guy getting the gig, they’d say and write a lot of dumb stuff and that, for me, is the key to a lot of content. Not gonna lie about that.

A lot of other interesting names on that list too. And there will likely be a lot of people, beyond those who the Cardinals initially identify, who express interest in the job too. It’s a sweet gig with historic job security for a marquee franchise in a baseball city, so what’s not to like?