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Yankees announce Joe Girardi won't return as manager

Alex Reimer
October 26, 2017 - 11:24 am

The resurgent Yankees are looking for a new manager. Joe Girardi will not return next season, the team announced Thursday. He had just completed a four-year contract and led the Yankees to their first American League Championship Series since 2012.

“I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization. Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we’ve decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position,” general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement. “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.” 

Girardi, 53, came on board to the Yankees in 2008 after the ousting of legendary skipper Joe Torre. The Yankees did not make the playoffs that year for the first time since 1993. They rebounded to win their 27th World Series title the following season, defeating the Phillies in the Fall Classic.

The Yankees spent the latter years of Girardi’s tenure trying to get younger and get their payroll under the luxury tax. The ex-catcher gained a reputation for getting the most out of his players and managing incomplete teams to playoff contention. New York placed second in the AL East this season with 91 wins and went down to the Astros in seven games in the ALCS.

Perhaps Girardi’s lowest on-field moment as Yankees skipper came in Game 2 of the ALDS against the Indians, when he failed to call for a replay review on a strikeout that was incorrectly labeled a hit batsman. Though the Yankees lost that game, they went on to win the final three games of the series.

Girardi issued a brief statement on Thursday. “With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back,” he said.

Overall, Girardi finished his Yankees tenure with an overall record of 910-710. He played 15 seasons in the Major Leagues and won three World Series titles in four seasons with the Yankees. 

 

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