Girardi won't return as Yankees manager
The New York Yankees have elected not to bring back manager Joe Girardi for 2018, the team announced, according to Newsday's David Lennon.
"I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization," general manager Brian Cashman said in a release. "Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we've decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position."
According to sources of ESPN's Buster Olney, Girardi's dismissal reportedly comes on the heels of a recommendation by Cashman to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner that the team needed a managerial change.
Girardi's future with the team had been in flux all season, though speculation grew after the Yankees were eliminated in seven games in the American League Championship Series by the Houston Astros. Up 3-2 in the series, New York was one win away from the World Series before the Astros rallied to win two straight at home to reach the Fall Classic.
The 53-year-old Girardi had managed the Yankees for the past 10 seasons, leading them to a World Series title in 2009. He owns a combined 910-710 record with New York. He also went 78-84 in his debut managerial season in 2006 with the Florida Marlins.
New York now joins the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies as teams looking to find new bench bosses for the 2018 season.
The Yankees' crosstown rival Mets filled their managerial vacancy Monday when they hired Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their new skipper, while the Detroit Tigers filled their managerial vacancy by hiring Ron Gardenhire earlier this month. Meanwhile, Alex Cora, currently the Astros' bench boss, will take over as manager for the Boston Red Sox once the World Series is over.
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