Yankees Part Ways with Manager Joe Girardi
The New York Yankees announced Thursday that they have decided against bringing manager Joe Girardi back for the upcoming 2018 season.
Girardi just finished the final season of a four-year, $16 million contract. According to ESPN, the team’s general manager, Brian Cashman, recommended to owner Hal Steinbrenner that the Yankees look in a different direction for a manager.
Girardi, who spent 10 seasons on the bench for the Yankees, issued a statement that said, “With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back.”
Cashman issued his own statement, which said, “I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization,” Cashman said Thursday in a statement. “Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we’ve decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position.
“As Hal Steinbrenner and I mentioned to Joe directly this week, he has been a tremendous Yankee on the field and away from it, as a player, coach and manager. He has a tireless work ethic, and put his heart into every game he managed over the last decade. He should take great pride in our accomplishments during his tenure, and I wish Joe and his family nothing but success and happiness in the future.”
The timing of the move is a bit surprising considering Girardi’s Yankees surpassed all expectations this past season. New York, who was expected to be in a rebuilding season with all sorts of young talent, came to within one win of the World Series. They were defeated by the Houston Astros in seven games of the American League Championship Series last weekend.
Girardi won the 2009 World Series and led the Yankees to six playoff appearances in his 10 seasons. Girardi has praised the Yankees’ talent at the major and minor league levels countless times in the past, but he will now depart in favor of a new voice in the clubhouse.
There is no telling where the Yankees will go from here. Bench coach Rob Thomsen is reportedly highly respected within the organization, but the team may opt to bring someone in from the outside. First base coach Tony Pena, who has managed in the big leagues in the past, would make sense as another potential replacement.
Girardi was something of an old-school manager, and it would make sense for the Yankees to pursue a candidate with good player communication skills that can also adhere to the game’s current analytics-heavy era.
Cashman’s own contract ended after the season, as well, but he is expected to sign a new deal after doing an impressive job rebuilding the Yankees’ farm system.
As for Girardi, he has spoken previously about his desire to potentially work for the commissioner’s office in some capacity. Girardi took the Yankees’ managerial job after running the Marlins for the 2007 season. He wraps up his tenure with the Yankees with an impressive regular season record of 910-710.
Girardi played 15 major league seasons as a catcher and won three World Series titles in four years as a player with the Yankees.
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