And today on As The World Turns….Err.. I mean in today’s Major League Baseball front office drama, we learn that the New York Yankees have decided to fire Joe Girardi as manager.
I honestly can’t think of a single reason for this termination. Girardi seemed to do well in New York, he handled the media and the team well. The team actually over-performed the past few seasons when they had every right to lose big and lose often. The often overcame devastating injuries, and they came a game away from the World Series this year. But this is New York, and things like Logic and Reason don’t really apply here. My best guess is there was some inter-office politics involved and the powers that be decided they wanted a fresh face.
There have been rumblings for the past couple of weeks that Girardi’s future was uncertain. Ken Rosenthal wrote for The Athletic yesterday (subscription required) that some Yankees officials had gotten the sense that Girardi was “spent” and “ready to move on.” Rosenthal also noted, though, that there was some degree of tension between the Yankees and Girardi. It’s not clear at this time whether Girardi’s departure was of his own volition or whether Yankees higher-ups felt it was time for a new voice to lead an increasingly youthful roster.
Personally I was a little tired of Girardi’s “Yankees get treated unfairly by MLB” act to the media, when the Yankees seem to get every break possible, and everyone seems to bend over backwards for them, but still he seemed pretty perfect to manage the Yankees. And now we get to start to gossip about where he will go next. Could he possibly head down to Washington? Maybe take a year or two off? Maybe wait for a new opening?