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The Yankees want to extend Joe Girardi’s contract

Jun 3, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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Joe Girardi gets a vote of confidence and then some from Brian Cashman. Via ESPN New York:

“We’d like to have Joe Girardi back … We have a great interest in keeping him, and hopefully Joe will be here. … I think there’s really no reason to believe Joe won’t be here.”

That’s not even a dreaded vote of confidence. That’s a rare-for-New York expression of a desire to do an extension many months before said extension is necessary.

And I think it’s the right call. It’s not Joe Girardi’s fault all of the stars the Yankees were supposed to feature this year have been hurt. It is much to his credit that the Yankees have been as competitive as they have been thus far without those stars.

More importantly: Girardi, unlike just about any Yankees manager in living memory, keeps things on an even keel. There is always drama in New York, of course, but way, way more of it is outside of the clubhouse than in these days. It’s in the front office and in the imaginations of the media quite often, but rarely do you hear of players having issues with Girardi or vice-versa. Either he’s well-liked or he manages to defuse things discreetly, either of which is a valuable tool to have when managing in New York.

I see no reason why the Yankees would want to consider going with someone else at all.

  1. jaysfan64 - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    He’s not going anywhere – he’s got a job there as long as he wants it…maybe his best managing job to date this season..a good manager and more importantly a good person…

    • dan1111 - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      I would have said the same about Terry Francona in Boston. And the whole “keeps things on an even keel” paragraph could have been copied and pasted for him, as well.

      It’s a fickle sport. Rightly or wrongly, perceptions will change quickly if a team stops winning.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      did Joe Torre die?
      what is the front office drama that is usually going on?

  2. beachnbaseball - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Based on what he has done thus far this season with a “No-Name” roster of players, he’s a good bet for MOY. And Cashman should get Exec of the Year for putting it together.

  3. sdelmonte - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I’m not a big fan of his overall work. I consider him an average manager and his reliance on “the book” seems odd to me. But as noted, he’s done a great job this season. And unless you find one of the handful of managers who really make a huge difference – these days, I think that would be Leyland and Francona and maybe Davey Johnson – there would be no reason to not keep him. (One of the biggest changes in the Moneyball Age is the end of the cult of the manager, and I think this is not a bad thing.)

    And quite frankly, right now (and for the first time) I would rather have him than Terry Collins, who seems to be turning into a liability.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      and his reliance on “the book” seems odd to me.

      Stop reading ESPNNY or the NY papers, as those are pretty much the only people who bring up “the book”. His main fault is being married to the 7th/8th/9th inning reliever roles, but almost every manager is guilty of that.

      • sdelmonte - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        But..but…then I won’t read anything!!

        Probably should stick with Pinstripe Bible or IAATMS.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      your comment makes no sense and you completely ignore the fact that he won a
      world series.
      what are you a marlins fan, if you are not a fan of the empire we don’t need your
      crummy opinion which is ridiculous at best.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    More importantly: Girardi, unlike just about any Yankees manager in living memory, keeps things on an even keel.

    I’m probably the ring leader of the Joe-Torre-needed-to-go campaign, but he was Girardi before Girardi was Girardi. For whatever reason, the shine started to fade on Torre though. We’ll see if the same happens to Girardi.

    • bigharold - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:19 AM

      I agree and moreover I think what Torre did best was keep things on an even keel. Torre’s strong suit was not only managing the varied, and at time over sized egos, it was also keeping management at bay. Nobody had a bigger ego than GMSlll and considering that GMSlll was still “large and in charge” back in the mid to late 90s, that was no small feat. On the other hand, Girardi is better tactically and is head and shoulders better at handing pitchers, .. especially the pen.

      Torre and to go because he became ineffective. Girardi is far younger, with more energy and, at least for the moment, still building is managerial career. Torre had his time and did rather well with it. We’re still in the midst of Giradi’s time it’ll be interesting to see what he eventually makes of it.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Exactly. People don’t remember but the NY Media was extremely skeptical of Torre in ’96. Showalter did really well in ’95, and was let go. Torre was a sub .500 manager in the “bright lights of NY”. How was he going to handle it? Then they start bringing in better and better players, how could he handle the egos? He did everything brilliantly, and many of his gambles paid off.

        Girardi had a really difficult time with the media in his first year. Hence all the “book” comments that still come out (basically the NY media are a bunch of whiny 5 year olds). He’s become a lot better, and his bullpen management is light year’s beyond Torre’s.

      • fanofevilempire - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

        Torre was able to hold off Steinbrenner for a long time, even while winning, the
        problem was the first round exits and the day he went into that meeting
        with the Boss, Joe said he knew he was fired because Cash-man didn’t back
        him, which caused a thing which in now over between Joe and Cash.

        The Marlins made a ridiculous call on Girardi and the Yankees scooped him up,
        but one day he too may be gone and remember Donnie was interviewed as well
        and I believe one day will return to the Empire.

      • bigharold - Jun 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        “Joe said he knew he was fired because Cash-man didn’t back
        him,..”

        He was fired because he became ineffective. He should have been canned after the 2004 flame out. He certainly didn’t deserve a three year deal with a big fat raise.

        And, he was able to hold off GMSlll because he won a WS first year out of the gate and four in five years. But, in general he was best at managing the egos, media and front office.

  5. bigharold - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    “Either he’s well-liked or he manages to defuse things discreetly,”

    I’d say it a bit of both.

    When the season started he said repeatedly that the goal wasn’t merely to tread water until the big bats got back it was to win ball games. And, he managed to do just that despite the loss of 3/4 of his starting infield, his power hitting OFer and some notable injuries to his pen. Add to that Girardi does as good a job handling the bull pen as I ever seen a Yankee manager do and I think the Yankees owe him an extension and a great big raise.

    It’s likely never going to happen because of the team he manages but Girardi is the early front runner for AL Manager of the Year. And, I think his only close competition is Farrell in Boston. Neither of these teams were suppose to do anything this year. But look who’s leading t he AL East.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Francona in Cle will be up there as well.

      • bigharold - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Yeah, .. he’s doing a pretty good job too.

  6. ordinaryday6 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    great manager, yes, and obviously there are a lot of games, but it was his fault that in the first Mets game he didn’t take our the relief pitcher who was obviously struggling, who then gave up the winning run. you could see it the whole inning he didn’t have his stuff

    • protius - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:58 AM

      If the Yankees let Girardi go, you can apply for his job.

  7. natslady - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    We expect an opening here in 2014, Joe. You have alternatives.

  8. pisano - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I wouldn’t be worried about Joe’s contract if I were the Yankee brass, I’d be more concerned with getting some players that can hit the ball, this is the worst offensive Yankee team I can remember, it hurts just to watch them try to score runs, or even get a base hit. if they fall to three runs behind in a game, I just turn the game off and go on to do something else. That’s how exciting they are.

    • badintent - Jun 4, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      So did you watch Mark’s grand slam or did you get on the Mets bandwagon last week and partied with the Wilpons slime ? True fans stay the course, with or without Jeter in who we trust..I’ll have Overbay hit some more late inning homers to cheer you up

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