While Hal breaks traditional Yankee business rules to start contract negotiations with Robinson Cano, it bears reminding that there is another key piece of the puzzle entering this season in the final year of his current contract- manager Joe Girardi. This season will be Joe’s sixth at the helm of the Bronx Bombers and other than the one post I wrote on the subject a while back, there doesn’t seem to be much discussion anywhere about his future with the organization and where the front office should put re-signing him on the priority list.
Joe’s status in 2013 isn’t a lame duck one in the truest sense of the phrase. He’s got a 479-331 record, won three division titles, an American League pennant, and a World Series championship in his five years as Yankee manager, so his body of work definitely doesn’t merit a position on the hot seat. If the Yankees don’t make the postseason this year, it will have more to do with injuries and the step back the team took in overall talent this past offseason than Girardi’s managing. Things would have to get REEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY bad for Joe’s head to roll after this season, like last place in the AL East/losing the locker room a la Bobby V last year/actually punching Joel Sherman’s lights out in the locker room kind of bad.
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(The following is being syndicated from An A-Blog for A-Rod) When he wasn’t busy trying to pull non-existent wool over the eyes of us Yankee fans or slapping us in the face with his bulging money clip, Hal Steinbrenner did take some time the other day last week to comment on the upcoming contract situations [...]
Yankee fans were stewing after last night’s game-ending blown call at first base by Jerry Meals, and apparently the Yankee manager shared that sentiment. In case you missed it, you can watch video of the Yankee post game interview with the manager here, and get the reports of what transpired afterward in the manager’s office [...]
In yesterday afternoon’s Yankee-Rays game the managerial move that seemed to cause the most outcry amongst Yankee fans was the decision to intentionally walk the bases loaded in the first inning. Let’s set the stage. CC struggles with his command early by walking leadoff man Desmond Jennings on 3 straight pitches out of the zone [...]
January twelfth of 2012 is undeniably a day that will live on in the hearts and minds of Yankees fans. It was that evening that the balance of power in Yankee-land shifted for the foreseeable future. Since then the picture of what this rotation will look like next season has crystalized. With Cy Young candidate CC Sabathia [...]
Yankee manager Joe Girardi met with the media yesterday for his season ending press conference. So, allow me to react to some of the things he said (all quotes from the afore-linked Feinsand piece). On the season: “We all know what the goal is here. We didn’t reach our goal, that’s the bottom line. Did [...]
(Graphic courtesy of Tyler Wilkinson) What makes a great manager? Is it a keen mind that grasps and applies strategy well? A foundation of organization and planning that allows the manager to rarely be caught off guard? A sense of the moment and the ability to improvise and go with his gut? The ability to [...]
With Scott Proctor back on the Yankees’ roster, I’ve been looking back at the way the club used relievers at the end of the Joe Torre era. Torre had a reputation for burning through his best arms, leaning on any decent reliever he could find for as long as the player was reasonably effective and [...]