Don Mattingly is interviewing with the Yankees today. Based on what Joe Girardi told us yesterday, here is how the procedure works:
10 a.m.: Candidate will meet at the minor league offices with General manager Brian Cashman, assistant GM Jean Afterman, vice president Gene Michael, vice president Gordon Blakeley, Baseball Operations Assistant Billy Eppler, Director of Mental Conditioning Chad Bohling, Senior Vice President Mark Newman, Scouting Director Damon Oppenheimer and Director of Player Development Pat Roessler.
3 p.m.: Meeting with George Steinbrenner, Hank n’ Hal Steinbrenner, Felix Lopez and Randy Levine at Legends Field.
4 p.m.: More meetings with the Baseball Operations staff.
6:30 p.m.: Conference call with beat writers.
7 p.m.: Dinner with Cashman.
Girardi did very well yesterday and certainly has the advantage of having been a manager before. He’s also a very smart guy. Mattingly’s advantage is that he is Don Mattingly and Big Stein loves him.
Ultimately, George Steinbrenner is going to make the call. Cashman and Levine have said that. As long as he is lucid, which he seems to be, he will decide who manages his team.