You'll have to forgive us for pegging Joe Girardi for an entirely different NL Central locale during the waning months of the summer.
Now, Girardi's among the candidates the Cincinnati Reds plan to speak to this week, along with Brad Ausmus of the Tigers and the recently-retired David Bell.
Can confirm Reds interviewing Girardi, Bell & Ausmus this week. More next week according to reds source https://t.co/8JQ2XMQq8o— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) October 3, 2018
Ausmus' Tigers teams were fairly consistent disappointments, and he can't be rousing as much fervor among the fanbase.
While Jim Riggleman did a fantastic job as caretaker, you'd imagine the brass would be skewing younger with their next long-term hire. I don't want to rule out John Farrell, but I find it more likely they'd go with Girardi (essentially a younger Riggleman, a drill sergeant) or the newcomer in Bell, as is the trend these days.
With an underrated offense and just a few rotation holes to fill, this is a fascinating offseason for a team on the rise.