But Joe Girardi has lasted for 999 games as the Yankees’ manager. Friday night against the Rays, he hits 1,000.
“It just tells me I’ve been fortunate in my life to have this opportunity to be here for that long,” Girardi said, “to be around an organization that does everything in its power to win and be around players that give you effort every day.”
Girardi will become only the seventh active manager to work at least 1,000 games with his current team. When he reaches No. 1,000, he will have the top winning percentage among those active managers. In a run that began in 2008, he’s at .580 (579-420).
He will be fifth in percentage among the six Yankees managers with at least 1,000 games to their credit, standing behind Joe McCarthy (.627), Casey Stengel (.623), Joe Torre (.605) and Miller Huggins (.597). Ralph Houk finished at .539.
Hiroki Kuroda and the offense didn’t help Girardi’s winning percentage Thursday night. Here’s a link to my story on what went on in that 4-2 loss to the Mariners. Michael Pineda isn’t exactly in a great mood after his latest setback. Here’s a link my story on his downward spiral the last few weeks. And I spoke with David Phelps about taking over for Pineda in the rotation. Here’s my feature story on Phelps that’s running now on Lohud.com.
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