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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“This is where we wanted to end up,” Girardi said of his family. Girardi made it more of a family affair with a story about his father, who has Alzheimer’s. Steadying himself, Girardi said his dad hadn’t spoken for a month. That is, until a caregiver showed his father a picture of Girardi being chosen as the Yankees manager. “Oh, yeah,” Girardi said his dad responded. Girardi got a three-year contract. He said he had spoken to new Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who managed the Yankees to 12 straight postseason appearances. He also spoke with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. “He was very congratulatory,” Girardi said. “He said: `It’s great to have you aboard.”‘ After New York lost in the first round of the playoffs to Cleveland, Torre rejected a one-year contract with a pay cut. “Joe had always been a person I always looked up to, respected,” Girardi said. “We had a great conversation.” Girardi played, coached and broadcast for the team. He was the bench coach before leaving for the Florida Marlins, where he was the 2006 NL Manager of the Year. Girardi said he’d spoken with former Yankees great Don Mattingly, who was Torre’s bench coach last year. Mattingly wanted the manager’s job and after finding out he hadn’t been picked, he said he was not interested in a coaching spot for next year. Girardi played for the Yankees and won three World Series titles as a catcher. The Dodgers officially declined next year’s $9 million contract option on left-hander Randy Wolf, choosing instead to pay the $500,000 buyout. While that means Wolf likely will file for free agency in the coming days, it doesn’t necessarily mean Wolf won’t be back with the Dodgers in 2008. Wolf made final start of the season on July 3, a loss to Atlanta. That left him 9-6 with a 4.73 ERA. Shortly thereafter, he went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Wolf option declined Angels bring back coaches The AL West champion Angels are bringing back their entire coaching staff. The Angels said they had re-signed Ron Roenicke (bench), Mike Butcher (pitching), Dino Ebel (third base), Alfredo Griffin (first base), Mickey Hatcher (hitting) and Orlando Mercado (bullpen) to multiyear extensions. Around the leagues Hall of Fame: Barry Bonds would boycott Cooperstown if the Hall of Fame displays his record-breaking home run ball with an asterisk. That includes skipping his potential induction ceremony. “I won’t go. I won’t be part of it,” Bonds said in an interview with MSNBC. “You can call me, but I won’t be there.” Tigers: Reliever Joel Zumaya will have surgery on his pitching shoulder Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until midseason. Zumaya was injured moving items from his parents’ attic as fire closed in on their house in San Diego. Orioles: Baltimore cut ties with Kris Benson, declining its $7.5 million option on the right-hander and making him eligible to become a free agent. Giants: Former AL batting champion Carney Lansford was hired as hitting coach. Padres: San Diego declined outfielder Rob Mackowiak’s $3.25 million option, making him a free agent. Staff writer Tony Jackson contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Joe Girardi stepped to the podium, put on his new pinstriped jersey and showed off a most appropriate number – 27. As in, now it’s his job to lead the New York Yankees to their 27th World Series championship. “How many do they have?” the new manager asked Thursday, knowing full well the answer. In fact, that’s precisely why he picked the number. last_img

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