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Mets likely to interview Joe Girardi


Jon Heyman reports that Joe Girardi is “sure to get a sit-down” interview for the Mets’ managerial opening.

Makes sense. Mickey Callaway’s biggest fault as a manager this past year were his in-game decisions. Girardi, no matter what else you think of him, was a good tactical manager, particularly with the bullpen. He obviously has a track record of success and is familiar with the whole New York thing too, so he’s a logical candidate for the job.

Girardi is reportedly interested in the Cubs’ opening as well, though it’s not entirely clear how interested the Cubs are in Girardi. Either way, look for his name to be circulating as the many current managerial openings are filled.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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