who would replace Joe Girardi as Yankees manager?

Five candidates who could replace Joe Girardi as Yankees manager, reports MSN.com.

Here's who the Bombers could be looking at:

Willie Randolph

Randolph hasn't been on an MLB bench since 2011, when he was the bench coach for the Brewers. He's largely known for his pretty mediocre tenure with the Mets between '05 and '08 that resulted in a single division title win before he was fired midway through the 2008 season.

Still, the end of the Mets gig was almost a decade ago, and it's kind of curious why he hasn't gotten another shot at a manager's spot since.

Randolph has a winning record as a manager, finished over .500 in his three full seasons with the Mets, and has deep ties as a Yankees player, coach and general spring-training presence.

Plus, he's is a fan favorite, which is always important in New York, so maybe a phone call could be in order.

Tony Pena

Pena has served under both of the last two Joes — Girardi and Torre — since 2006 in various roles. He's the current first-base coach for the Bombers, but has also served as bench coach, and is a favorite among players in the clubhouse.

He previously managed the Royals in the early 2000s — back when no one could figure out the Royals, mind you — as his teams amassed a .410 winning percentage. He's interviewed for several managerial openings, including with the Red Sox before they hired John Farrell in 2013.

Not great, but if the Yankees want the kids to have a sense of calm — and at times, some fire — in the clubhouse (and also some familiarity), Pena's a good guy.

Don Mattingly

With new ownership in Miami, maybe Mattingly gets the axe from former Yankees teammate and now Marlins owner Derek Jeter.

Mattingly was kind of screwed in Los Angeles, considering he won three straight division titles and won 90-plus games in each of those seasons with the Dodgers, and fell victim to a toxic clubhouse. As the captain who steers the ship, maybe that falls on Mattingly's shoulders, but to win in spite of that apparent lack of clubhouse chemistry is impressive stuff.

In Miami, while boasting a fairly talented roster, Mattingly has underachieved in two seasons, though a lack of pitching and unsure future of the Marlins have once again left him victim to circumstances.

Should Mattingly get canned in Miami in the coming weeks, it'll be interesting to see whether the

Kevin Long

Long served as hitting coach for the Yankees during their 2009 championship run, and was even recently tapped as a candidate for the open chair with the cross-town rival Mets.

It's interesting, because Long doesn't have any managerial experience, but seems to be a well-regarded voice on the bench, serving as the Yankees hitting coach for eight seasons and on the Mets' bench for the past three.

Brian Cashman also searches for some "familiarity" on the bench, Joel Sherman reports.

Since the Mets hired Mickey Callaway, perhaps he'll want to pick his own staff, which means Long could hit the market sooner rather than later in search of a new gig.

Alex Rodriguez

It's no secret that A-Rod is a brilliant baseball mind. It's also no secret that he has a special connection with players — look what he (and girlfriend Jennifer Lopez) did for Gary Sanchez midway through the season, when the young backstop was riding the struggle bus.

Given the way Rodriguez went out of his Yankee career — deciding to step aside and retire to let the young players play and have the spotlight — he's likely nurtured enough goodwill with the fanbase and the organization to maybe get some consideration for the manager position.

It's a sexy longshot, but a longshot nonetheless. A-Rod seems to be settled in to his TV duties, which is (seemingly) a perfect fit for his personality.

But just for second, imagine A-Rod as the Yankees' manager.

It would give New York papers something to talk about for years to come.

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