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Girardi says focus is Marlins despite report saying nothing can save his job
By TIMES WIRES
Published September 23, 2006
Florida manager Joe Girardi insists he has focused on helping the Marlins continue their playoff push, despite rumors he'll be fired after the season.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Friday that Girardi's chances of returning next season are zero on a scale of 1 to 10.
"My job is to make sure this club wins games and we've done that," Girardi said before the Marlins played at the Phillies. "The focus should be on the players and what we're able to accomplish in the next nine days and if we reach our goal. The focus should not be on me or anything other than winning games."
Girardi, in his first season on the job, has two years remaining on a three-year contract. He's a strong candidate for NL manager of the year after leading the team with the lowest payroll in the majors into the wild-card race.
But Girardi's job security has been questioned because of a strained relationship with owner Jeffrey Loria. A rift erupted Aug. 6, when Loria berated an umpire while sitting behind the plate. From the dugout, Girardi told or asked the owner to stop, witnesses said. Loria angrily left his seat and confronted Girardi after the game during a clubhouse meeting.
Loria wouldn't endorse Girardi when he addressed the matter three weeks later.
Bought Rose's apology: Thirty baseballs that Pete Rose signed and inscribed with an apology for betting on baseball were sold for $1,000 apiece.
The baseballs were scheduled to be put up for bid in April by Robert Edwards Auctions, which is selling sports memorabilia from the estate of former Yankees limited partner Barry Halper. ESI Entertainment Systems, a British Columbia company that provides gaming products and services, offered $30,000 for the 30 balls. The auction house consulted Halper's family, which accepted the offer.
Auction house president Robert Lifson said he recommended accepting the offer after Rose started selling identical apology baseballs on his Web site for $299 apiece. The balls feature "I'm sorry I bet on baseball" printed in block letters above Rose's autograph.
Suspensions: Colorado reliever Jose Mesa and San Francisco pitcher Jamey Wright were each suspended for three games for intentionally throwing at an opposing hitter Tuesday. Giants manager Felipe Alou was suspended for a game because a warning had been issued to both teams. Wright and Alou were to begin serving their suspensions Friday. Mesa has appealed.
Blue Jays: Right-hander Roy Halladay will miss the rest of the season (two starts) because of a strained right forearm.
Cardinals: General manager Walt Jocketty's contract was extended through the 2008 season. ... Right-hander Jason Marquis sat out his scheduled start in Houston because of back spasms. Marquis was due to make his team-leading 32nd start of the season. On Thursday, he developed spasms in his right shoulder blade.
Nationals: Manager Frank Robinson wants to know: Is he beginning the final games of his career? Team president Stan Kasten and general manager Jim Bowden have not discussed Robinson's future with him in detail. That, in part, leads to a growing feeling around the club that Robinson will be dismissed after the season ends.
Reds: Pitcher Eric Milton had arthroscopic surgery on his left elbow and is expected to recover by spring training.
Red Sox: Centerfielder Coco Crisp, having been examined by a specialist Thursday, will have season-ending surgery on his left index finger Monday.
ROYALS: Manager Buddy Bell was resting comfortably in an Arizona hospital after surgery to remove his tonsils and a growth near his left tonsil. Results from a biopsy on the growth won't be known until Monday or Tuesday. Bell is expected to spend several days recovering at his home in Chandler, Ariz. Bench coach Billy Doran will replace Bell for the remainder of the season.
Tigers: Second baseman Placido Polanco (separated shoulder) is expected to come off the disabled list and play today.