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Marlins hire Girardi to replace McKeon

Updated: October 20, 2005, 2:25 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- Lured by the chance to manage, Joe Girardi is giving up pinstripes for teal.

The New York Yankees' bench coach accepted his first managerial job, signing a three-year contract with the Florida Marlins, and was introduced at a news conference Thursday.

"I believe I was born to manage," Girardi said. "People asking about not having managed, but as a catcher I believe you manage every day you're on the field. I was the type of player who had to do the little things ...

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