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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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33 Responses to “It’s official: Joe Girardi back with Yankees”

  1. mick October 29th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    9m over 3?

  2. Cashman needs to go October 29th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Joe from Long Island October 29th, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    G.Love – Yeah, and the beers are cheaper at home, too. And you can pause the game while you go to the bathroom Out of curiosity, how many games do you go to per year?

    Cashman needs to go – from previous thread – no offense taken. By all means, this is a public blog, if you want to comment about Joba, Jeter, Girardi, the Great Pumpkin, or whatever you want, by all means, have at it. I was just trying to compliment another person here for starting what I thought was a different, and to me interesting, topic.

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    Joe I get ya…. I admit I have been one to dump on the underachievers after the pathetic showing in the ALCS – and i can see how someone may want to talk about something else…i look forward to seeing what the offseason brings us so we can all discuss the pros and cons of the new crew of yankees

  3. yankeefeminista October 29th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Pitching coach next, please, ASAP!

  4. Joe from Long Island October 29th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Cashman needs to go – Peace.

  5. Chip October 29th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Great –

    Now onto new business….

  6. smrnor October 29th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    UGH – this post should come with barf bags…..sorry to all those who love girardi – I, for one, can’t stand him and I am NOT looking forward to three more years of “resting” players in May and of making the same dumb moves game after game because the “stats” say that’s the move to make…..

  7. Erin October 29th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Good news.

    Now, Jeter, Mo and Pettitte :)

  8. Chip October 29th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    by the way – do you think that the Yankees announced ths today to knock the Alderson hiring off the back pages or was it done out of respect to MLB by doing it on a day when the WS isn’t being played?

  9. SAS October 29th, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Geez, it’s about time they publicly announced Girardi was signed. That is 2 day old info., and very unYankee like being that Sandy Alderson is the topic on the Fan

  10. Erin October 29th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    SAS October 29th, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    Geez, it?s about time they publicly announced Girardi was signed. That is 2 day old info.,

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    SAS, I believe they would have had to get permission to announce it on the same day as a WS game.

  11. SAS October 29th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Chip,

    I have a son named Chip. Great minds think alike, but I don’t think this will be the back page news. Tomorrow will tell.

  12. Chip October 29th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    SAS -

    I think it was probably that MLB told teams that they have to either hold announcements like this until after the WS or get them out on the day that the WS was dark.

  13. Joe from Long Island October 29th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Sounds like a few people here have some major investments – and not just monetary – in our Yankees. We share a weekend package – 12 Saturday games, and now a couple of weekday games – with another couple, so it works out to 6-7 games a year, most on Saturday.

    With my wife’s and my schedule, that doable. But, coming from LI, it’s almost an entire day. That’s OK, it’s a nice thing to look forward to during the season. Driving works best for us, because of the uncertainty of making the LIRR -subway connections, coupled with the risk of extra-innings games. And, in the summer, that subway stop at 161st St. is brutal with a full house. Spending that much for parking next season, as proposed, that’s …….

  14. Robin October 29th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

  15. SAS October 29th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Erin,

    Never thought of that.

    Go to go see my grandson now. See you all later.

  16. Chip October 29th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    SAS…

    Good man. It’s a fantastic name and will serve your son well in life.

  17. Doreen October 29th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Girardi re-signing with the Yankees is not back-page worthy. It’s a footnote. :)

    That’s okay.

    There will be other back-page-worthy Yankee stories this winter. :)

  18. mick October 29th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    And, in the summer, that subway stop at 161st St. is brutal with a full house. Spending that much for parking next season, as proposed, that’s ……
    ==============================
    It seems their goal is make as much money as is humanly possible even though it is played off as not their decision, re: the parking.
    This prices the casual/diehard fan out, they better keep winning or attendance will shrink to embarrassing numbers as it did in the past and they will have to lower prices.

    Pricing the average joe out is never good business.

  19. mick October 29th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    # mick October 29th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Doreen

    True about B’Way. They want to leave you with a good taste in your mouth.
    Hard to do that with sports, it’s a crapshoot, being live, there is no guarantee of the outcome.
    Stubhub gets you decent price tix in advance, although day of game is always the cheapest.
    Things sure have changed, lucky for me we got us when it was still a sport, not entertainment. Seems like those days are over, but we can still dream and try to beat the system if we can. There are ways, just takes some ingenuity.

  20. mick October 29th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    The new Stadium was designed as a Taj Mahal, not unlike many new stadiums these days such as the ones in Dallas and now Orlando.
    If you can afford to be there you should be able to afford the amenities, is their way of thinking.
    To most, it’s like being trapped in an airport. If you want to eat there be ready to pay 2 or 3 times what it’s worth.

  21. Erin October 29th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Ledger_Yankees “I didn’t really think about leaving the Yankees.” — Girardi

  22. Erin October 29th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Girardi thinks CC’s knee may have played a role in his mechanical trouble, though CC said it wasn’t an issue.

    Ledger_Yankees Girardi says the Yankees have not yet reached out to pitching coach candidates though he and Cashman have brainstormed.

  23. Erin October 29th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Ledger_Yankees “Our lineup is maybe something that could change next year.” — Girardi

  24. Erin October 29th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Ledger_Yankees CC has been dealing with knee issue since early in the season. Girardi says it had no bearing on not using CC in relief in Game 6.

  25. pat October 29th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    A parking alternative might be Gateway Shopping Center a few blocks south fo the Stadium. Parking was $20 this year. Hard to believe those prices would go up because it would cut down the shopping traffic.

    Parking near Lehman College north of the stadium and taking the subway is also a cheaper alternative.

  26. Pauldanand October 29th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    3 more years of jete leading off

  27. BJK October 29th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Erin October 29th, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    Ledger_Yankees CC has been dealing with knee issue since early in the season. Girardi says it had no bearing on not using CC in relief in Game 6.

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    So I guess just chalk that one up to bad managerial decision-making.

  28. Cashman needs to go October 29th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Erin October 29th, 2010 at 3:50 pm
    Ledger_Yankees “Our lineup is maybe something that could change next year.” — Girardi

    ********************************

    Ya think?!?!?!?

  29. Vineyard Yankee October 29th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I hope that the nearest Office Supply store has a huge sale on binders coming up with Girardi coming back.

  30. Erin October 29th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Ledger_Yankees Girardi: Told about the Eiland decision on Monday by Cashman. Did not anticipate it.

    Ledger_Yankees Girardi’s thoughts when watching Lee against the Giants: “Well, he didn’t pitch that way against us.”

    Ledger_Yankees Yanks conference call on hold. We are being treated to the great John Sterling.

  31. Erin October 29th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    New Post: Internal pitching coach discussions have begun

    :arrow:

  32. Bob October 29th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Ihope it works out for Joe and he continues to evolve as a manager. He is smart enough to know what he has to change about himself to become better.

  33. zct23 October 29th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Yankees need to get rid of Cashman, and Girardi! They’re both awful!!! So tired of Girardi over thinking every simple situation. He’s a white knuckle spaz in big moments!

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