Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Three days after the Yankees’ season ended in Game 7 of the ALCS and a week away from his contract expiring, Joe Girardi’s future with the organization was dancing in the wind.
Girardi, whose four-year, $16 million deal expires Oct. 31, arrived at Yankee Stadium at noon. By 1 p.m., a grim-looking Girardi waved to three reporters and without stopping his SUV, made a left onto River Avenue heading north.
Since general manager Brian Cashman, whose contract also runs out next week, was in the building, it was highly likely that Girardi and Cashman, who have worked together for the past 10 seasons, spoke.
However, the silence that smothered the situation following Girardi’s departure strongly indicated something is percolating.
Hal Steinbrenner, who would have had to authorize Cashman to not bring Girardi back, has been a Girardi supporter for a long time. He didn’t return an email.
Girardi, who has said multiple times in recent weeks his family would play a part in whether he returns, didn’t respond to an email.
Cashman didn’t reply to text messages or a voicemail. None of Girardi’s coaches contacted returned messages.
Not responding to emails or texts doesn’t mean anything, but I do wonder if Girardi is going to stick around. You’d think he’d enjoy the chance to manage a youngish team with some potential to be a perennial contender over the life of his next contract, but he could also be burnt out and probably doesn’t need either the money or the stress any more.
I’ve generally liked Girardi, even though he’s not perfect. Of course, no manager is. I’m still not particularly happy about the non-challenge in Game 2 of the ALDS, and I do think his bullpen management has gotten a bit more formulaic and thus worse but I’m not sure there is a better option out there now.
I guess we’ll see what’s going to happen soon enough.
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