NorthJersey.com The Yankees have re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a four-year deal through the 2017 season, the team announced today.
Here is the Yankees’ announcement:
The New York Yankees announced today they have re-signed Manager Joe Girardi to a four-year contract, extending through the 2017 season. The 48-year-old Girardi has guided the team to the postseason in four of his six seasons at the helm, winning the franchise’s 27th World Championship in 2009. Under Girardi, the Yankees have gone a Major League-best 564-408 (.580) since 2008.
Over his first six years as manager of the Yankees (2008-13), the club has led the Majors in home runs (1,236), while ranking second in runs scored (4,884) and seventh in hits (8,836) and batting average (.265). The Yankees have also committed the fewest errors (484) in the Majors over the span, with a Major League-high .986 team fielding percentage.
In 2013, Girardi guided the Yankees to an 85-77 finish, tied with Baltimore for the third-best record in the American League East. He recorded his 500th win as Yankees manager on May 10 at Kansas City in his 844th game as skipper of the club, becoming the fifth-fastest manager in club history to reach the milestone behind Casey Stengel (790 games), Joe McCarthy (796 games), Joe Torre (833 games) and Miller Huggins (833 games). The club made just 69 errors in 2013, the third-lowest total in the Majors and tying the franchise record for fewest in a season (also 2010). Their .988 fielding percentage set a new franchise record, fractionally better than their .988 mark in 2010.
In 2009, Girardi became the ninth Yankees manager to win a World Series, and just the fourth to do so in his postseason managerial debut, joining Ralph Houk, Bob Lemon and Casey Stengel. He also joined Houk and Billy Martin as the only Yankees to play for and manage a Yankees World Championship team. At 45 years old in 2009, Girardi became the youngest manager in Yankees history to win a World Series and the fourth-youngest in the Majors to do so since 1980 behind the White Sox’s Ozzie Guillen (2005), the Mets’ Davey Johnson (1986) and Minnesota’s Tom Kelly (1987 and ’91).
After flirting with the his hometown Chicago Cubs, Joe Girardi is back as the manager of the New York Yankees, as he signed a new contract that will keep him in pinstripes through 2017.
As a Yankee fan I am glad to have Girardi back, he was dealt a tough hand last season with age and injuries, and I think he did an excellent job managing the depleted Bronx Bombers roster.
Now the Yankees must get Robinson Cano, their superstar second baseman under contract, which could end up being a potentially historical one as some astronomical figures are being floated around.
The Yankees need to get younger, the greatest closer of all-time Mariano Rivera and long time starting pitcher Andy Pettitte have both retired, which is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to potential changes for the Yankees in 2013.
The Yankees needed some consistency in what will be an offseason of change, and it was very important for them to retain the manager who led them to the 2009 World Series Championship, it is now time to consider making upgrades to the personnel on the field.