In much expected news, both general manager Brian Cashman and field manager Joe Girardi will be retained by the Yankees for at least the next season. Hal Steinbrenner had previously stated that neither man’s job was on the line over the final month of the season, and yesterday team president Randy Levine both reiterated his bosses’ stance and praised the job both men did in 2012. “They did good getting us to the ALCS,’’ Levine told reporters. “There was one reason we didn’t win and that’s we didn’t hit.”
I’m not the biggest fan of either Cashman or Girardi, feeling that both are average to above average in their job at best, but it’s pretty hard to argue with the logic at work here. The disappointing way in which they ended their season notwithstanding, the Yankees did have the league’s best record over the regular season and beat Baltimore in the ALDS. That’s a pretty successful year in any season, and it’s an even better accomplishment in a year in which they had to deal with as many significant injuries to key players as they did in 2012. To fire either Cashman or Girardi for a lack of results at this point would simply not make any sense.