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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

NY Post: An eerie quiet in the Bronx with Girardi’s Yankees future in flux

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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So three playoff teams have either fired or not renewed their managers. Tough business.

Just please no Mattingly.

[101] - Well we don’t know if Girardi walked or if he was told he wouldn’t be offered a contract.

Per RAB: “Update: The news is confirmed. Girardi is out. “With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back,” he said in a statement.”

“With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back.”—statement from Joe Girardi #Yankees

102 Agree and yes this is a shocker and ask me next October how I feel about this move because right now I don’t have a clue however as someone else pointed out if you’re going to make a move this is the right time to do it.

So why are people so high on Manny Acta?

(107)  I know!!!  He didn’t even invent the high five.

I have been thinking that it is quite possible that 2018 won’t be as good as 2017. Maybe Judge is “only” 6 WAR. Maybe hicks falls back to himself and Gardner ages. CC and Tanaka leave. Monty has a sophomore slump. And if so, the fans will blame the new manager. (Didn’t folks think that in 2008 about losing Joe Torre?)

I would love to know if this was in any way driven my player feedback.

It is possible Girardi wasn’t getting along well with the kids, what with all their smart phones and snapchats and what have yous

Is Cora available?

Some people are speculating that differing views on Sanchez is catching skills could’ve been a reason.

Do they think another available manager wins the pennant? I don’t get it unless this is some petty Steinbros/Randy Levine beef in which case it all makes sense

Welcome to our dystopian Dusty nightmare. Bakerball, starring James Caan and Gary Sanchez.

[111] Yes, yes he is. Joey Cora is available.

Olney: “Sources: The recommendation of Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman to owner Hal Steinbrenner was to change managers.”

Mrs. Rizzuto?


Girardi’s workmanlike approach to everything left him somewhat distant from the guys he led. He usually wouldn’t reveal the essence of his conversations with his players to the media, and his players never really acted as if he spoke to them that much. Maybe their contact was more frequent than a media member could glean, but it didn’t seem that way. With Girardi having no use for social media, the press, TV and radio were his conduit to fans, and his lack of openness left him largely unpopular toward the end of his tenure.

If this is true, that is a terrible fucking take by the FO and clubhouse. A guy does pour out his heart on Facebook and that’s a DETRIMENT?

Trust the process?

In Cashman we trust?

Ian O’Connor has a string of tweets that point to the FO’s frustration with Joe’s “lack of human touch.” Again. This is dumb as fuck.

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