Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cone, Flaherty Express Interest

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Cone, Flaherty Express Interest

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NEW YORK – YES, they've tossed their hats in the ring.

David Cone and John Flaherty have each expressed interest in the Yankees' managerial vacancy, willing to discuss leaving the relative safety of the YES broadcast booth for one of MLB's hottest dugout seats.

So far, neither ex-Yankee has been told he's made general manager Brian Cashman's list of candidates.

"I wouldn't turn down an interview if one came my way, that's for sure," said Cone, speaking Wednesday night at Joe Torre's 15th annual Safe at Home Foundation gala. "It's a difficult job, it's a prestigious job. I know there's a process in place to find the right guy."

Cone wouldn't detail his conversation with Cashman about wanting to be considered for the job, "but he didn't say no – as of yet," Cone said.

Flaherty recently informed Cashman of his interest, via his agent, but hasn't yet received a response.

"That's fine. I just wanted Cash to know that I'm in a time in my life that I would be interested," Flaherty said at Wednesday's event. "And whatever happens from there, I'm totally fine with."

On Wednesday, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson was the first to be interviewed for the manager's post.

It's been two weeks since Joe Girardi was let go after 10 seasons as manager, coming off a surprising 2017 in which his club finished one win shy of a World Series appearance.

"I was shocked. I didn't see that one coming," Flaherty said of Girardi's dismissal. "We thought he might have been burnt out, might be looking for a change.

"And when you saw how the season ended, how he was into it, I was shocked the way the whole thing went down."

Jorge Posada figured Girardi would be managing in pinstripes a while longer, too.

"He's done a heck of a job. It's tough to see," said Posada, who had his differences with Girardi late in his Yankees career. "I have no idea what happened there."

But scratch the idea of Posada being a managerial candidate, or even a coach.

"No, I'm having a good time at home, I'm enjoying what I'm doing – not doing much and picking here and there the things I want to do," Posada said. …

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