For the first time in a decade, the Yankees will be without Joe Girardi. The New York Yankees announced Thursday morning Manager Joe Girardi will not return for his 11th season as head skipper for the club. Girardi sent out an email to local outlets and Girardi said:
“With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back.”
He went on to thank the Steinbrenner family and Cashman. Brian Cashman also released a statement Thursday.
“I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization,” Cashman said Thursday in a statement. “Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we’ve decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position”.”As Hal Steinbrenner and I mentioned to Joe directly this week, he has been a tremendous Yankee on the field and away from it, as a player, coach, and manager. He has a tireless work ethic, and put his heart into every game he managed over the last decade. He should take great pride in our accomplishments during his tenure, and I wish Joe and his family nothing but success and happiness in the future. “
Brian Cashman will likely return for the 2018 season as his contract was also up and he is expected to hire someone with ‘feel for the clubhouse’. It is a good move for the Yankees to bring back Cashman as he has improved the big league roster and has loaded up on prospects for the future.
It is unknown if Girardi will return to coaching this season or if he would assume a job in a front office role. Girardi said he would talk to his wife and three kids asking them what they thought was best for the family. Girardi has said in the past he would like to work for the commissioner’s office or possibly serve as an athletic director somewhere.
Girardi concluded by saying In his statement, Girardi concluded: “Finally, I’d like to thank the Fans for their great support as a Player, Coach and Manager and the lasting memories of their passion and excitement during the Playoff Games, especially the final six games which will remain in my heart forever.”
Now, who may the Yankees go for. Here is a list of my potential candidates.