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It’s official: Joe Girardi back with Yankees

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Here’s the announcement from the Yankees.

YANKEES RE-SIGN MANAGER JOE GIRARDI TO A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT THROUGH THE 2013 SEASON

The New York Yankees announced today they have signed Manager Joe Girardi to a three-year contract, extending through the 2013 season. Girardi has guided the team to the postseason in each of the last two seasons, winning the franchise’s 27th World Championship in 2009. Under Girardi, the Yankees have gone a Major League-best 287-199 (.591) since 2008.

Over his first three years as manager of the Yankees (2008-10), the club has led the Majors in runs scored (2,563) and home runs (625), while ranking second in batting average (.274) and third in hits (4,601). The Yankees have also committed the fewest errors (238) in the Majors over the span, with a Major League-high .987 team fielding percentage.

In 2010, Girardi led the Yankees to a 95-67 record—the second-best record in the American League behind Tampa Bay (96-66) and the third-best in the Major Leagues, also trailing Philadelphia (97-65)—en route to the club’s 15th playoff berth in the last 16 years. The Yankees recorded 48 come-from-behind wins in 2010, leading the Majors in the category for the second straight season (51 in 2009). The club also led the Majors with a .988 fielding percentage and committed only 69 errors, setting franchise records for highest fielding percentage and fewest errors in any non-abbreviated season.

Girardi became the ninth Yankees manager to win a World Series in 2009, and just the fourth to do so in his postseason managerial debut, joining Ralph Houk, Bob Lemon and Casey Stengel. He also joined Houk and Billy Martin as the only three Yankees to play for and manage a Yankees World Championship team. At 45 years old, Girardi became the youngest manager in Yankees history to win a World Series and the fourth-youngest in the Majors to do so since 1980 behind the White Sox’s Ozzie Guillen (2005), the Mets’ Davey Johnson (1986) and Minnesota’s Tom Kelly (1987 and ’91). After leading the Yankees to a Major League-best 103-59 record, Girardi finished third in AL Manager of the Year voting with 34 total points, including four first-place votes.

At 46 years old, Joe Girardi is currently the third-youngest manager in the Major Leagues, behind the Cleveland Indians’ Manny Acta (41) and the Seattle Mariners’ Eric Wedge (42). He owns a 365-283 (.563) career managerial record, joining Ken Macha (368-280, .568 with Oakland from 2003-06) as the only managers with as high a winning percentage over their first four years as a Major League skipper over the last 20 seasons (since 1990).

Girardi was named the 32nd manager of the New York Yankees on October 30, 2007, becoming the 17th Yankees manager to have played for the club and the fourth former Yankees catcher to skipper the team, joining Bill Dickey, Ralph Houk and Yogi Berra. In 2005, he served as the New York Yankees’ Bench Coach and Catching Instructor in his coaching debut.

In 2006, Girardi was named the National League “Manager of the Year” after guiding the Florida Marlins to a 78-84 record in his first season as a Major League manager. With the award, he matched the Houston Astros’ Hal Lanier (1986) and the San Francisco Giants’ Dusty Baker (1993) as the only managers to win the honor in their managerial debuts.

In 15 Major League seasons as a catcher, Girardi played for the Chicago Cubs (1989-92 and 2000-02), Colorado Rockies (1993-95), New York Yankees (1996-99) and St. Louis Cardinals (2003). He was originally selected by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 1986 draft and went on to appear in six career postseasons, winning World Series titles with the Yankees in 1996, 1998, and 1999. In 1,277 career Major League games, he batted .267 (1,100-for-4,127) with 454 runs, 186 doubles, 36 home runs and 422 RBI, finishing with a .991 career fielding percentage while throwing out 27.6% of potential base stealers. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2000 while playing with the Cubs.

As a Yankee, Girardi was behind the plate for Dwight Gooden’s no-hitter on May 14, 1996 vs. Seattle and David Cone’s perfect game on July 18, 1999 vs. Montreal. On October 26, 1996, in Game 6 of World Series vs. Atlanta, he tripled in the game’s first run in a three-run third inning as the Yankees clinched their first World Championship since 1978 with a 3-2 victory.

A native of Peoria, Ill., Girardi was a three-time academic All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection at Northwestern University, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering in 1986. Following his retirement as a player in 2004, Girardi joined the YES Network as an analyst and won an Emmy Award for hosting YES’ “Kids on Deck” series. In 2007, he rejoined YES, working as an analyst on Yankees broadcasts and also appeared in the booth with FOX during regular season and postseason broadcasts. He and his wife, Kim, have three children, Serena, Dante and Lena.

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