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Joe Girardi will not be fired if the Yankees lose the AL East

Oct 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Joe Girardi AP

If a guy wins a World Series, has his team in contention year-in, year-out and never has any kind of nonsense or funny business in the clubhouse, you figure that his job is secure, right?  Well, when the guy is Joe Girardi and it’s New York, some folks figure that’s not the case, and actually ask the owner of the team if someone is going to get fired pending the these final three games of the season:

Even with the New York Yankees having relinquished a 10-game lead in the AL East, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said manager Joe Girardi’s job, nor anyone else’s, is in danger.

“Jobs are not riding on this,” Steinbrenner said, speaking to a small group of reporters in the corridors of Yankee Stadium.

Steinbrenner said the team examines everything in the offseason, but he seemed to be satisfied with Girardi and all of the Yankees’ personnel.

I guess some folks are still feeling PTSD from The Boss. Even though the last time he fired a manager out of pique was, at best, 16 years before he died.

  1. elmaquino - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Only in New York would they ask that question.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      And Philly. Every year they ask this question for all their sports teams as well.

      • kellyb9 - Oct 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM

        The Phillies aren’t making the playoffs, and I haven’t heard anyone call for Charlie Manual to get fired. Maybe you should focus on filling up your own stadium when you’re playing well and stop taking shots at Philadelphia.

      • dcfan4life - Oct 1, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        Thats because the questions has already been asked. And answered. And hes coming back, which he should. But the question of should he be fired, always asked, every year, like clockwork. Asked up and down the all-star break. Did you forget? Do a google, bing, yahoo search. Page after page with the question, should Manuel be fired. Was stating a fact not taking a shot.

  2. thesmedman - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Didn’t they replace Mr Torre with Mr Girardi for exactly the reason, to win the division at the least?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      Performance getting worse, complaining increasing, ability to control his clubhouse lacking, and questionable managerial moves. But yeah, to win the division…

      • djpostl - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        “questionable managerial moves”

        And still starting Andruw Jones vs LHP (despite the fact he hasn’t hit LHP worth a damn all year, STILL not recognizing the fact that Hughes ERA jumps to over 7.00 in the 6th inning or later, using Garcia/Nova in rotation about 10 times this year when a superior Phelps was available, playing station-to-station at some points when the lineup featured Nix/Pearce/Jones/Martin all at the same time (to name just a few) doesn’t fall in to that category?

      • jolink653 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:15 PM

        Who else is he gonna start against lefties? Ibanez hadn’t been hitting anything against anyone and Chavez is a streaky hitter and with Gardner out that left him no one until we got Ichiro, who now plays every day…And if you think Phelps is superior to Nova/Garcia you haven’t been watching…I like Phelps a lot but he squeaks through 4 innings, giving up walk after walk and putting runners on left and right, and maybe makes it through 5 if we’re lucky…We need to get Nova right for next season if we want the payroll down and the only way to get him right is to have him pitch and Freddy Garcia has been solid in spot starts…And it’s not Girardi’s fault he has those bench players: It’s on management to bring up some young guys to take those spots (Melky Mesa, Cervelli, Nunez, etc.)…I would much rather see them than our current bench of 2001 All-Stars

    • vallewho - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:37 AM

      his contract was up….they offered a contract. Torre was insulted and everyone moved one. Separation, one got fired.

  3. redguy12588 - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    If the pirates ever win the NL Central, they’ll rename the city after him.

    – Dave from Hurdleburgh.

  4. jayscarpa - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I’ll believe it when I don’t see it.

  5. humanexcrement - Oct 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    After his suspension, to his credit, George Steinbrenner seemed to realize his methods were not helping, and that he had presided over pretty much the worst era in Yankee history–the bulk of the 80s and early 90s. For a guy that age to change his business approach is pretty savvy, and it worked.

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