In his rookie year as manager, Joe Girardi managed the Florida Marlins to unexpected breakout season. His squad was made up of an array of young players that were results of the Marlins fire sale the year before We have heard the stories about how Joe Girardi had clashed significantly with the Marlin’s executives. It got so bad that the owner wanted to fire him at one point, but bit his tounge and allowed Joe Girardi to finish out the season as manager. We are told that Girardi was very stringent manager with his high level of discipline he used with the players. He was more Bobby Knight than he was Roy Williams. As the season ended, Girardi and the Marlins parted ways as the team was looking for a better fit. They were looking for a players coach that worked well with management and went with Fredi Gonzalez from the Atlanta Braves.
Up to this point, I had Girardi’s back. It takes more than young talent to mold a successful team. But, the latest report that Girardi gave his friend Jon Lieber who works for a “rival” company proprietary Marlins information is reason enough that he should of been fired. It was confidential Marlin information that was slated to remain inside the clubhouse. This is the type of thing that people in the financial industry go to jail far.
Whom has he harmed? Well, Lieber turned his season around with the Phillies based on the information he received from Girardi. Joe’s tip to Lieber might have been the small boost that helped Phillies finish strong. Lieber defeated the Marlins twice following the Lieber-Girardi conversation.
Every job out there has you sign a confidential statement to prevent things like this. Joe, say it isn’t so!