A-Rod would be ‘great’ coach, Yanks skipper Joe Girardi says, but managing might be focus

Alex Rodriguez’s playing days are numbered, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi figures the slugger’s time in a major league dugout is far from over.Whenever Rodriguez, who turns 41 in July, decides to retire from baseball, Girardi believes he’ll have a future as a coach or instructor sooner rather than later.MORE: A look back at A-Rod’s turbulent career”I think Michael Jordan Jersey Alex would probably prefer to manage, if he was going to do anything, because I think he likes all the strategy of the game,” Girardi said Tuesday, via MLB.com, after the Yankees lost 1-0 to the Marlins in an exhibition game. “He would be a great hitting coach, because he understands mechanics as well as anyone that’s played the game.”Girardi singing A-Rod’s praises isn’t just a manager flatteringone of his players. There seems to be a genuine belief thatRodriguez’s most succe sful years may still be ahead of him, whether in baseball or busine s(he took cla ses in investing and marketing in 2014 during his Ozzie Guillen Jersey drugsuspension.)In a USA Today Sports storylast month on how Rodriguez has worked to rehabilitate his tainted image, he garnered admiration from the likes ofWhite Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Marlins owner JeffreyLoria,Milwaukee Bucks co-owner andglobal investorMarc Lasryandbillionaire busine s magnateWarren Buffett, among others.It seems, then,as though A-Rod will have plenty of options whenever he hangs up his cleats. He has givenno indication of when that will be, but it’s worth notingthe controversial slugger is 75 home runs behind Barry Bonds for the most all time. He smashed 33 homers last season, but it will take at leasta few more seasons before he can sniff that mark, should that be his intention. He is under contract with the Yankees through the 2017 season.Girardisaid an Yoan Moncada Jersey ideal fit forRodriguez would be in a role similar to that of Bonds, who is returning to the dugout this seasonas Marlins hitting coach. He last played in 2007.”Until you get away from it a couple years, you’re not sure exactly how much guys are going to mi s it, but I think he’s really going to mi s it,” Girardi said of Rodriguez, “so I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw him in uniform.”

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