There are reports coming out that Brian Cashman wasn’t too enthused about bringing back Joe Girardi after 2012.
In 2012, the Yanks won the division, won the ALDS over the Orioles, but were swept by the Tigers in the ALCS. It’s best remembered as the year when Derek Jeter broke his ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS.
So what happened since then to make Cashman turn from tepid to a no as far as bringing Girardi back now?
Time, for one. He may have decided that Girardi was burned out.
You also wonder about the handling of Chris Carter, as well as the handling of some other players.
Carter was signed as insurance in case Greg Bird struggled. As we know, Bird had a great spring training, got hurt at the end, started the year off with a horrendous 6 for 60, went down, and eventually needed surgery on his ankle.
It wasn’t until September and the postseason that we got glimpses of the real Greg Bird.
Meanwhile, Chris Carter was filling in and doing a poor job. The Yanks had to release him after he hit .201-8-26 in 62 games, OPS+71. His defense was poor, also.
At one point, when asked about Carter, Girardi answered “he’s what we have.” Not a ringing endorsement.
It seems Girardi wanted to move Carter out before the front office did. The front office wanted to give Carter more time to come around.
Eventually it became obvious to all that the Yanks had to move on from Carter. He was terrible.
While I am kind of neutral as far as should Girardi have stayed or have been let go (I’m more concerned with who the replacement will be and that person’s qualifications), and I did have issues with some of Girardi’s managing, on this one I have to agree with Girardi.
Chris Carter stunk.
But was the disagreement over Carter the straw that broke the camel’s back?
I hope not, because on this one, Girardi was right.