The Yankees and manager Joe Girardi are parting ways, the team announced Thursday morning.
Today the @yankees announced that Joe Girardi will not return as manager in 2018.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) October 26, 2017
via The New York Times
Under Girardi, 53, the Yankees advanced to the ALCS this year but lost to the Astros in seven games after having taken a 3-2 series lead.
“Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we’ve decided to pursue alternatives,” general manager Brian Cashman said (via USA Today).
“I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization.” – Brian Cashman pic.twitter.com/bUYZEK23I3
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 26, 2017
FanRag Sports reported that increasing tension between Girardi and Cashman in recent days led to the move, which, according to the report, was signed off on by principal owner Hal Steinbrenner.
Girardi, who had just completed a four-year, $16 million contract, took over the Yankees in 2008 and won a World Series title in 2009, the franchise’s 27th, but hasn’t added another since.
This year’s run to the ALCS gave fans hope for the future based on young stars such as Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks, dubbed the “Baby Bombers.”
Still, this surprising postseason was not without its controversy as Girardi was criticized for not seeking a replay review that ended up costing the Yankees a division series game against the Indians and served as a microcosm for the kind of scrutiny a manager in the Bronx faces.
An interesting subplot: Cashman’s contract also was up at the end of the season, although by all accounts he is expected to return after a rebuild of the team’s farm system that resulted, at least in part, in this season’s stronger overall roster.
The team made six postseason apperances in Girardi’s tenure, but that clearly isn’t the standard in today’s game. He joins the Nationals’ Dusty Baker and the Red Sox’s John Farrell in being pink-slipped after managing their teams to the 2017 playoffs.
There appear to be no clear candidates internally to replace Girardi, although first-base coach Tony Pena has MLB managing experience. Girardi’s bench coach, Rob Thomson, is well thought of in the organization but might not be the kind of high-profile name the organization might want.
According to FanRag Sports, the team likely will go outside its organization to find a manager more versed in analytics.