‘Top choice’ Girardi takes himself out of running for Reds job


Joe Girardi still wants to manage again — just not with the Reds.

The ex-Yankees skipper was Cincinnati’s “top choice” for the Reds managerial vacancy, but has withdrawn his name from consideration, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Friday.

Girardi bowed out Thursday, after a second interview with Reds officials, according to Cincinnati.com.

Reportedly, Girardi was one of three candidates in line for a second meeting with Reds brass, along with Brad Ausmus and David Bell.

Girardi plans to remain with MLB Network as an analyst for now, but still wants to return to the dugout somewhere, Rosenthal reported.

The 54-year-old Girardi, fired by the Yankees after the 2017 season following 10 seasons in The Bronx, has also reportedly interviewed for the Rangers’ managerial job.

Girardi is 988-794 in 11 seasons as a major league manager, including one season (2006) with the Marlins.