Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are expected to give manager Joe Girardi a three-year contract extension. He’s expected to get $3 million a year.
This is pretty much a no-brainer. Whatever issues anyone had with Girardi during the postseason, he has done a remarkable job managing the Yankees in my view. Despite the usual pressure of New York and despite a lot of guys (i.e. A.J. Burnett, Joba Chamberlain) being moved around or benched or what have you, the clubhouse has remained a seemingly peaceful and even downright harmonious place. Even if he walks a guy when you or I wouldn’t, Girardi deserves credit for that.
And really: who else could the Yankees possibly hire to replace him? One of the things that made letting Torre go possible a couple of years ago was the availability of Girardi. At the moment there is no obvious heir to the job that I can see.
With the nationwide ban on sports gambling gone — and with sports gambling regulations slowly being implemented on a state-by-state basis — any number of businesses are considering getting in on the action. Among those businesses are the Chicago Cubs.
ESPN reports that the club is considering opening gambling facilities in and around Wrigley Field which might include betting windows, automated kiosks or, possibly, a full, casino-style sportsbook. They’re characterized as preliminary discussions as the team awaits the Illinois governor’s signature on recently-passed legislation allowing gambling. The Cubs aren’t commenting, but a source tells ESPN that nothing has been done yet. It’s just talk at the moment.
If the Cubs move forward from the talking stage it will cost them a pretty penny: a four-year license will, under Illinois’ new law, cost them $10 million.
Now: let’s see the White Sox take some action this year. I can think of nothing more fun than sports gambling at what was once Comiskey Park on the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal.