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Joe Girardi wants to return as Yankees manager

Sep 26, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

Joe Girardi AP AP

Joe Girardi’s contract is up after this season, which has led to all sorts of speculation about his future, including a possible opening in his hometown of Chicago. However, if he has things his way, he’ll be back in the Bronx next season.

Girardi was a guest on Mike Francesa’s show on WFAN this afternoon and said that he hopes to work something out.

“I’ve loved it here, Mike. This has been wonderful for my family and I whether I’ve been a player, coach or manager,” Girardi said. “I will sit down and talk to Brian [Cashman] when the season is over. Until we sit down there is really nothing to report.

“There are some decisions that I have to make in my life and I will sit down and talk to my wife and children like I have every year. But like I said, I’ve loved being here,” Girardi added.

The Yankees will miss the playoffs this year for just the second time in the past 19 seasons, but that’s hardly Girardi’s fault. He hasn’t had anything close to a full deck for most of the year. The team enters play tonight at 82-76 on the year and there’s a strong case to be made that they have overachieved.

Girardi owns a 561-407 (.580) record over six seasons as manager with New York.

  1. whitecastleisafoodgroup - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:18 PM


    • NatsLady - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM


  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Frankly, I think that he has been the best manager in the AL this season. Given the injuries, the Yankees performed very well.

    • dan1111 - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:58 AM

      The Yankees have outperformed their pythagorean record by six games, best in the league. They should have a losing record based on runs scored and allowed.

      It’s awfully hard to evaluate manager performance, but the Yankees certainly seem to have made the most of a tough season. Even before the season, many questioned how competitive they would be. But despite all the injuries–and the Red Sox, Rays, and Orioles all being stronger than expected–they were in the playoff race into September.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:29 AM

      Definitely. I think Girardi deserves another shot with a healthier roster.

      Although…last night Olbermann did a humorous rundown on what the Yankees roster COULD look like next year:

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:30 AM

        Oops…wrong clip…although the above one is excellent as well…

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:31 AM


      Well…I sure botched that one…EDIT FRIGGIN’ FUNCTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        If at first you do not succeed, try try again.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:34 AM


      Okay…here we go…

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:42 AM

        If he is right, the Cubs job might be interesting.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:45 AM

        Keith was being overly-pessimistic, but it was still funny as hell.

    • pisano - Sep 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      pc…I agree with you 100%, with that banged up line up, and the people they had to play, other than Soriano, and Reynolds, he’s done a good job. He could only play the hand he was dealt. With a lot of money coming off the books, and if Cashman makes the right moves, they can be right in it again next season. Look at what Boston did, got rid of a few over priced players contracts, and used the money wisely, and they’re right back on top. The key is not giving these stupid 7 to10 year contracts out, (see ya Cano) they usually have to eat the last 2 to 3 years of them.

  3. angusmaximus89 - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    im not a Yankees fan but when you look at their roster he Def got that team to play better than they were. They need to cut ties with alot of vets.

  4. chrisdtx - Sep 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    How cute, making it sound like it’s his decision.

  5. bigharold - Sep 26, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Girardi will never get the credit he deserves as long as he’s the Yankee Manager, . OK that come with being a Yankee.

    But, consider this; this guy won a Manager of the Year award with the Marlins with no talent. This year he took this team, that wasn’t expected to do anything, and that was before the DL tsunami hit and kept them in it, as a legitimate contender, up until about a week ago, .. he’s handled the pen better than Torre or Martin ever did, .. hell he even made Kyle Farnsworth productive, .. so I ABSOLUTELY hope and pray he’s back next year.

    Joe Girardi is an excellent manager and will be for a couple of more decades. I hope that’s in the Bronx.

    • badintent - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:18 PM

      I hope he back and Arodless is not, ever.

    • chrisdtx - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      Yup. Miguel Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Willingham, Dan Uggla, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, (still good) Dontrelle Willis. No talent there.

      • Paul Zummo - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:55 AM

        Thank you, chrisdtx. Girardi won a Manager of the Year because the media drastically underrated the Marlins, not because they particularly overachieved based on their true talent level. Sure they had a mini-fire sale between 2005 and 2006, but one of the guys they traded (Beckett) was replaced by a player of equal or even greater value (Ramirez). Plus you had the emergence of guys like Uggla and Johnson. It was not a bad club, and I think a lot of smarter baseball people perceived they wouldn’t be that bad even before the season started.

        As for this year, the team outperforming their pythag does suggest that Girardi merits some kudos, but again, let’s not act like this is a team bereft of talent.

    • dan1111 - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:13 AM

      The best way to get a reputation as a successful manager is to manage a team like the Yankees. Joe Torre is revered as a manager, but obviously the main reason those Yankee teams won is the fact that they were loaded with talented players. Terry Francona with the Red Sox is another example. Girardi will no doubt have a great reputation, too, if he has a long career in the Bronx.

      I’m not saying any of those guys are bad managers. Maybe they are all managerial geniuses. But the fact is that it is really hard to tell, especially from the outside. Even when a team has an unexpectedly great season and plays way over its head, one can’t really measure how much role the manager had in that. That is why people object to managers of great teams like the Yankees getting a lot of credit.

  6. earpaniac - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    This year was his best job. Even before the “DL tsunami” hit, look at that lineup they had at the beginning of the year.

  7. jgillmeister - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Unless there were other sections of the transcript that weren’t posted, I dont see how you can get that Girardi wants to return. All he said is that he enjoyed it in NY and has decisions to make.
    Staying means a team with aged talent, a poor farm system, who may lose their best player to free agency, and who are desperately trying to reduce salary for 2014, meaning FA help is not coming. It also means keeping a young family in the schools they’re accustomed to.
    Going means either taking a team with a lot of talent, in the Nats, or taking a team with the best group of young position players in the minors, and who playing essentially in his and his wife’s home town in the Cubs.
    Tough decisions. I don’t think the Yankees are a slam dunk. They probably shouldn’t be considered the favorite.
    Bad job by the headline writer

  8. gbrim - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    The only way Girardi should want to return is if he thinks Cashman is up to re-tooling on the fly with a (slightly) more limited budget. The ownership and fan base will turn on everybody associated with a traditional rebuilding project, no matter how expertly done.

  9. bdemps42 - Sep 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I’m sorry. Where in that quote does Girardi say he wants to be back? If he said it, that would be news, but he hasn’t said it and that is what has led to all of this speculation.

  10. thesmedman - Sep 27, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    I’m sure the Cubs might pique his interest. Just throw out some zeroes in back of a number and then we’ll see level of interest. And he’d be right to do so.

    Here’s a potential managerial shell game: Girardi goes to the Cubs after Svuem is svayed, Mattingly goes to NYY. Ron Washington gets fired in TX. Nolan Ryan leaves the Rangers and goes to Houston (you gotta figure that if its really true that the self-important GM, with no on field experience, is in “self-evaluation” mode). Houston lets Bo Porter go to the Nationals and Washington winds up in Houston. Eric Wedge gets wedged out in Seattle if the GM is resigned (or if Pat Gillick goes back in a major exec capacity). Anthopolous and Gibbons kick the Labbatt can in Toronto. I pretty much assume Gardenhire stays in Minnesota…anybody I miss?

    Any team Charlie Manuel can adopt and win with and then swear it was his managing that did the trick?

  11. kev86 - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Managed a bunch of juice head cheats. Turned a blind eye. What a guy.

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