Joe Girardi out as Yankees manager
NEW YORK — Joe Girardi will not be back as manager of the New York Yankees despite exceeding expectations for the just-completed season.
The Yankees confirmed numerous reports via a message on Twitter: "Today the @yankees announced that Joe Girardi will not return as manager in 2018." A formal announcement is expected later on Thursday.
ESPN reported the team will make a formal announcement on Thursday afternoon.
In a statement, Girardi confirmed the news, thanking the Steinbrenner family for "believing in me and giving me this wonderful opportunity."
Girardi took the Yankees to game 7 of the American League Championship, which was farther than most expected the team to go this season. The Yankees bats went quiet in game 7 and lost to Houston, 4-0.
Girardi's teams have always finished about .500 in each of his 10 years at the helm. He succeeded Joe Torre as manager at the beginning of the 2008 season.
Kevin Williams of the Shore Sports Network said its not really a surprise and said the decision was mutual.
"There has been talk that his relationship with the front office and ownership is not what it once was and I think he had some concerns about the strains of managing in New York on his family," Williams said. "After 10 seasons my guess would be he takes some time off and likely works in broadcasting but at age 53 I would guess he will be back on the field managing sooner than later.”
The Mets also made a managerial change and hired Cleveland Indians hitting coach Mickey Callaway to take over for Terry Collins.
Is this a good move for the Yankees? Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.
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