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.