It’s easy to say that having Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, Nick Swisher and a healthy Andy Pettitte helped make him a better manager. But I do believe Girardi took the right steps to change his approach, both with the team and with the media.
It started in spring training and if you were reading the blog then, it was a topic here several times. Girardi trusted his veteran players to lead the team, he gave his coaches more input and he was far more candid with the media. The many needlessly uncomfortable moments that arose in and out of the clubhouse 2008 were rare in 2009.
Not coincidentally, the Yankees are speeding toward 100 wins and have the best team in baseball.
Girardi has one more season on his contract. If the Yankees get back to the World Series, it’ll be interesting to see whether the Yankees extend his deal or treat the manager like Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte and make him wait.