ESPNJoe Girardi will not be back as manager of the New York Yankees, sources told David Kaplan of ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Thursday. Girardi just concluded a four-year, $16 million contract, and both he and the team agreed to part ways, sources told ESPN. In a move that was rumored all week, but is still shocking, Joe Girardi is out as manager of the New York Yankees. The move is so surprising because Girardi led a young Yankees team who many thought were not ready for success to a 91-71 record, the Yankees took a 3-2 series lead into game six of the ALCS, and were just one win away from the World Series. Overall, Girardi has a 910-710 record as a manager, and he has four World Series rings, three as a player and one as a manager. Girardi often has his decisions questioned by the New York media, especially when it came to bullpen management, but in New York that comes with the territory.
As a Yankees fan, I would like to see the Yankees stay in house, and promote either bench coach Rob Thompson or first base coach Tony Pena to manager. This is a very good young team, with an extremely bright future, the Yankees should not shake things up too much. However, this is the best job opening in baseball in a long time with loads of very young and extremely talented players (Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, Greg Bird, Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres), every candidate available is going to want to manage this New York Yankees core going forward.