There will be no third – or fourth or fifth – interview for Joe Girardi with the Met.
Instead, Girardi will manage his rivals in the NL East after leaving the Phillies on Thursday, Joel Sherman confirmed . The announcement is expected later on Thursday.
Girardi is one of three experienced candidates interviewed by Phyllis, with Buck Shoulter and Dusty Baker also considered.
The 55-year-old led the Yankees to the 2009 World Series and also won three championships with the team as their catcher in the late 1990s. Girardi spent 10 years as the Yankees manager, going 91
Girardi has spent the last two seasons outside the dugout as an analyst for the MLB Network. He also interviewed the Cubs management, but that went to David Ross on Wednesday.
Hiring him from the Phillies, who fired Gabe Kapler after two seasons earlier this month, also marks a return to the NL East. Girardi was manager of the year for the Marlins in 2006, but was fired one season after an error with then-owner Jeffrey Loria.
The Mint now looks ready to hire a manager without previous experience.
Tim Bogar, the first national-based coach, is expected to receive a second interview by general manager Brodie Van Vagenen and his staff on Thursday.
On Wednesday, ESPN analyst Edward Perez received his call-back interview, and Carlos Beltran is expecting a second meeting with a team of officials, probably on Friday.
Other notable candidates are Luis Rojas and Derek Shelton.
Girardi had her second interview with the Metites earlier this week.
– With Mike Puma