After one day of silence, we finally had our first bit of offseason news this afternoon. Brian Cashman confirmed he spoke to Joe Girardi face-to-face about a new contract yesterday and is scheduled to meet with his agent tomorrow. The Yankees certainly haven’t made it a secret that they want to re-sign their manager, and Girardi has understandably played the “I need to speak to my family before making a decision” card. The Cubs canned Dale Sveum yesterday, so if nothing else, Girardi will be able to use them as leverage. Hopefully they can work out a new agreement and soon so the team can move on to other important business.
Here is tonight’s open thread. The Reds and Pirates are playing the NL Wildcard Game at 8pm ET on TBS (Johnny Cueto vs. Francisco Liriano), officially starting the postseason. Last night’s tiebreaker game between the Rays and Rangers was technically a regular season game. The NHL season starts tonight, but otherwise there’s not much else going on. You folks know how these things work by now, so have at it.
Sporcle Quiz!: This is a good one — you have to name the 95 (!) pitchers who have had a win saved by Mariano Rivera. I only guessed 55 and got almost all of the obvious ones, but I completely spaced on Hiroki Kuroda. There’s a freebie for ya. Good luck.