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Moving On From Joe Girardi Was The Right Move For The Yankees

Joe-Girardi

Just like I told everyone was going to happen, Joe Girardi is no longer the manager of the New York Yankees.

Joe Girardi has had a good run as the manager for the Yankees but we can’t pay him for what he’s already done. That’s how we ended up with the bad contracts of the late 2000’s. There are a lot of mixed emotions throughout the Yankees’ fanbase but at the end of the day, I think this was the right move for a few reasons.

  1. Managing In New York Is Hard – We shit down Girardi’s throat every chance we got this year. Every blown or close to blown game, Twitter was calling for his head. We blamed the binder, we blamed his ignorance, we blamed his inability to manage young players. If a game was on the line and something went wrong everyone tweeted “It’s not what you want.” because we expected to hear that in the postgame presser. All of that is tough to ignore and would eat at Girardi more and more, which brings me to my next reason.
  2. We Need A Long Term Manager – This team is on the brink of something special with the talent we currently have in our system and the money that is coming free. With that we want a dynasty, and a dynasty needs someone who can be around the whole time. Would Girardi want to put up with being the manager of the Yankees for another 8 years? His kids are getting older, the pressure is getting greater, and we need someone who will be here for Sanchez and Judge’s primes and I don’t think Girardi would want that commitment.
  3. We Made A Similar Move In 1996 – In 1995 we made the playoffs with a good team under Buck Showalter and we let him go because it was time to go in a different direction. With young guys like Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte (4 T’s is too many) and the rest of our young core coming along, those young players needed a new mentor and that was Joe Torre. Now Girardi wasn’t a dick to young players like Buck was but he is used to managing aging stars and with those guys gone, it’s time for a fresh face.

Yes, we made it to game 7 of the ALCS with a team that was supposed to be “rebuilding” and some of that credit goes to Girardi for getting us there, but this is the right move. Breaking up is hard to do but if you think about all the times you questioned that relationship, you know that you were ready to move on.

So where do we go from here? The most popular move would be to get Mattingly. Miami is about to go through a major rebuild and I doubt Don wants to stick around to go through that, because the manager almost never survives a full rebuild anyway. If we could swing a deal with Jeter, this could happen. Tony Pena is another rumored name because of his experience and knowing these players. With our diverse roster, having a Latin manager could bring the clubhouse together.

The wild card in this is Al Pedrique. He managed Scranton to a national championship in 2016 and got far in the playoffs this year. He has managed much of our young core, and knows the way the organization wants to build. Coming out of the minors, he isn’t used to getting free agents and has managed through his most talented players being called up. That kind of tenacity could play well with this young team in the Bronx.

It will be interesting to see where this goes but look for the Yankees to move quickly because the Baby Bombers will want to know who their leader is and we need to fill out a roster for him.

PS: I would love to see ARod as the manager at some point but I don’t think this is that time. Too much on the line with this core to bring in a guy that played with half this team a year ago.