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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.





Game 160. Tanaka dominant in Yanks’ 4-0 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You are thinking the same thing I am.

Where was THIS Tanaka all year?

In his final regular season start of what has been a disappointing, inconsistent year, Masahiro Tanaka was dominant. Seven shutout innings, just 3 hits, no walks, and 15 strikeouts.

He retired the first 14 batters he faced.

Meanwhile, the resurgent Greg Bird had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

The 90-70 Yanks beat Tampa Bay 4-0 and for the time being (Boston is playing as I write this) still are not eliminated from winning the AL East (although Boston’s magic # to win is 1).

UPDATE: Boston lost, so the Yanks are still mathematically alive for the AL East title, going into Game 161. They are two back with two to go. If a tie, a playoff game will be on Monday (Game 163) at Yankee Stadium. To win the division, the Yanks must win out and Boston must lose out.

In the first inning, the Yanks scored twice. With one out, Ellsbury singled and Judge walked. Didi singled to load the bases. Castro singled in a run and Bird hit a SF for another.

In the fifth, Romine singled and after Hicks forced him at second, Hicks stole second. After Ellsbury lined out, Judge singled in Hicks but was nabbed trying for two.

In the sixth, Didi singled, stole second and scored on a single by Bird.

Tanaka (W, 13-12, 4.74) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 15 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Betances 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.87    Concerning.
Chapman (S, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.28

Didi 2 hits
Bird 2 hits, 2 RBI.

The Phillies announced that their manager, Pete Mackanin, will be bumped up to the front office. They’re looking for a new manager.

They will also be playing the Mets in Williamsport, PA next August as baseball continues the “Little League Classic” they had this year.

Finally, the WS MVP Award has been named in honor of Willie Mays.

Back to your regularly scheduled baseball…someday

7:30 a.m. Before we get to the other news, some baseball news.

The Pirates sign soon to be 37 year old Elmer Dessens (2-2, 7.15 in 2007) to a minor league deal. Now all they have to do is sign Villone (see the previous post) and they are all set. Yeah, right.

The Rockies sign Marcus Giles. Giles has slid badly from 2005, when he went .291-15-63-16 SB for the Braves. Last year for SD? .229-4-39, 10 steals. Since hitting .316 with 21 HR in 2003, Giles’ batting average has dropped in each season since.

The Yanks signed Pete Mackanin to be a scout. Mackanin took over as Reds manager from Jerry Narron in 2007 and went 41-39 in the last half of the year before being replaced by Dusty Baker.

The BBWAA selection(s) (if there are any) for the HOF get announced this afternoon. Apparently at least two writers wrote Pete Rose on their ballot as write-in votes. Memo to them: GROW UP! THANKS FOR WASTING YOUR VOTE. In looking at ESPN’s picks, apparently Michael Knisley voted for only one person. I disagree with a writer from my area who used all 10 of his picks, but for Knisley to only vote for one is also something I disagree with. But then HOF voting, like MVP voting, Cy Young voting, or any voting (and today is the N.H. primary) often leads one to look at the results and say, “What were they thinking?”

Now for Clemens and the press conference. I heard the tape he played, but missed Clemens’ taking questions afterward since I had a few appointments (and starting next week, posts will only be at night during the week—-work, you know…). McNamee apparently is considering a countersuit and has a son who is ill. He didn’t sound like he is handling any of this well, and apparently doesn’t know what to do since he asked Clemens many times what he should do. That there was a close relationship came through, since McNamee credited Clemens as being an influence on his own parenting, said Roger treated him like family and Clemens remarked to how he treated McNamee. Unfortunately, some guy living in some millionaire’s guest house and living off a famous millionaire by being his (fill in the blank) reminded me of Kato and O.J. Probably a bad comparison, but you do get tired of the hangers-on around famous celebrities, and it goes right back to Elvis’ “Memphis Mafia” and even people around the Beatles. Just look at how Joe Louis got rooked by his hangers-on, who took off when the IRS came after the Brown Bomber for back taxes. I can’t blame Roger or anyone for wanting to CYA when it comes to the hangers on.

When Clemens stated to McNamee “tell the truth,” at no time did McNamee say “I did.” In that regard, point for Roger. Clemens obviously is on the offensive, and public opinion is against him. I liked the fact that Clemens stated that he doesn’t care about the HOF but is concerned with restoring his rep. Another point for him. Sorry for another “Godfather” reference, but do you remember the scene in the Godfather II when after Batista resigns and the country goes into chaos that Fredo is looking for a way out and doesn’t want to get into Michael’s car to escape Cuba because he knows he is a walking dead man? McNamee came across just like Fredo in that scene, with Roger as Michael. McNamee stated that he wouldn’t take various offers and would go to jail for Roger. I wonder if McNamee was so scared that he told Mitchell what he thought Mitchell wanted to hear and not the truth. Just wondering and not exonerating (or condemning) Roger. McNamee seemed on the verge of a breakdown and seems like a scared rabbit—just like Fredo.

Another point scored by Roger—the effect this will now have on his son Koby, who is now in the Astros’ system.

Enough of that. Back later with hopefully good news for the Goose and maybe someone else.

12:45 p.m. NFL HOF coach Joe Gibbs retired today. This one, I would guess, would be it since he is 67. In the twelve years he was away from the NFL, Gibbs was involved with the NASCAR team he created, Joe Gibbs Racing. While his first term saw 3 Super Bowl victories (all under different QBs), this “sequel” saw a 31-36 record. I wasn’t too keen on his comeback, since I thought his legacy might be tarnished. A least his final team was a playoff team, and was one he kept together and rallied to make the playoffs despite the murder of Sean Taylor.