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Yankees let Girardi go. Who replaces him?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So Joe Girardi’s contract has expired, and the Yankees are going in a different direction. They decided not to retain him.

So which direction do they go in?

Girardi in 10 years averaged 91-71. In ten years, he took the Yanks to the postseason six times.

He ranks sixth as far as tenure and games won in Yankees’ history.

He won a WS. Three times he took the team to the ALCS but lost. He lost one series in the ALDS and lost another year in the WC game.

He oversaw the fading out of Pettitte, Jeter, Mo, Posada and A-Rod, not to mention Teixeira.

So I break it down, the manager search, into categories.

A lot may depend on someone who may be a long-term solution with the young guys.


Willie Randolph and Don Mattingly. Both Yankees’ legends. Willie hasn’t managed since the Mets. No second offers. Donnie is still under contract with Florida. Will they let him go?

Experienced, and available.

Brad Ausmus. Just canned by the Tigers.
Dusty Baker.Just canned by Washington. I am not a fan of his.
Pete Mackanin. Just canned by the Phillies, bumped into their front office.
Terry Collins. just canned by the Mets.
John Farrell, just canned by Boston.

I don’t think they’ll go with that list above.

Other candidates include:

In the organization:
Josh Paul, in the organization.
Tim Naehring, in the organization, former MLB player.
Tony Pena, coach, Managed KC for a few years, but older than they may want. Did win a mgr. of the year w/KC, but too old for a young team?

Guys in the minors now, like

Al Pedrique: current SWB mgr. Guys had to go through him to get to the majors. Since he knew these youngsters at AAA, does he follow them to the majors?

Jay Bell. Former MLB SS managed at Tampa (A+) this year.

An ex-MLB Mgr. associated w/the Yankees:
Trey Hillman, two full years and part of a third w/kc. Currently managing a Korean club.

Guys in the majors, like:

Kevin Long: Mets hitting coach, formerly NYY hitting coach.

Current Yankees coaches like:

Joe Espada, 3B Coach
Robbie Thomson Bench Coach


So where do they go from here?

Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner are finalists for Gold Glove awards.

As for the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale tied 4-4.

2B Yankees’ Prospect Kyle Holder was 1 for 4 and scored a run. .417.

WS Game 3 is tonight.





Youkilis to Japan

Kevin Youkilis didn’t help the Yanks much last year, playing in only 28 games. Maybe he can help them more as a foreign diplomat.

Youkilis signed a one-year deal with Rakuten, to play in Japan. That is the same team that ace pitcher Masahiro Tanaka plays on.

If Tanaka isn’t posted, maybe Youkilis can talk up the Yankees to Tanaka….

then again, there isn’t that much (just 28 games) to talk about.

The Yanks did announce some non-player moves, the most notable being Gary Tuck as bullpen coach, replacing Mike Harkey who left to become the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach, and that Trey Hillman returns to the Yanks organization. Hillman left when he became KC’s manager.

Game 34. Yanks shut out again in Detroit, 6-0.

You know the phrase, “got a tiger by the tail”? The Yanks didn’t, as they lost 3 of 4 in Motown. Combined with the Boston loss on Sunday, it makes 4 losses in the last 5 games for the Bronx Bombers.

Juan Miranda was activated before the game and played 1B as Teix got to DH. Kevin “Don’t Call Me Mad Dog” Russo was sent down.

The Yanks offense, as they did in Game 1 yesterday, got shut out. Even in their only win of the four-game series, the offense was asleep for most of the game. You may recall that the Yanks only had a 2-0 lead entering the 9th in Game 2 last night. They blew a couple of scoring opportunities in Monday’s 5-4 loss.

So the offense needs to come alive. Just four hits today, two by Posada. Hopefully home cooking is the answer, especially for Teixeira, who is once again below the Mendoza line.

34 games in and only 3 HR for A-Rod?

CC didn’t have it, giving up 6 in 6 IP in dropping to 4-2, 3.71. Cabrera and Boesch went yard, back to back. Ivan “Aldo” Nova had his “Fantasy” come true as he made his MLB debut and pitched two scoreless innings.

Nick Swisher has a sore bicep (when will it end? Gene Monahan, get well soon. We have work for you!) and didn’t play today. He is day to day.  

Yanks drop to 22-12.

KC mananger Trey Hillman, who once managed in the Yanks’ farm system, got the heave-ho today. Ex-Brewer manager Ned Yost takes over.

In NBA news, will tonight be Lebron’s last night as a Cavalier?