Yankees' manager Joe Girardi will not return despite ALCS appearance

Could Kevin Long be the guy to replace Joe Girardi ?Charles Wenzelberg

Could Kevin Long be the guy to replace Joe Girardi ?Charles Wenzelberg

He just completed a four-year, $16 million contract, and Girardi and the team mutually agreed on the separation, ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources.

Still, this surprising postseason was not without its controversy as Girardi was criticized for not seeking a replay review that ended up costing the Yankees a division series game against the Indians and served as a microcosm for the kind of scrutiny a manager in the Bronx faces. Girardi was the third longest tenured manager in Major League Baseball. Listen to him weekdays from 10 a.m.to noon on WTMM (104.5 FM, "The Team").

Marchand noted the "complications" surrounding Girardi's eventual replacement, reporting that "bench coach Rob Thomson is highly respected, but it is unclear whether the Yankees would go with a lower-profile candidate".

In 10 seasons with the Yankees and one with the Marlins Girardi has won 988 games with five seasons of at least 90 wins.


And so, coming off a 91-71 season, the Yankees have chose to part ways with manager Joe Girardi, according to several reports on Thursday.

The team made six postseason apperances in Girardi's tenure.

Since his "no guarantees" comment after the ALCS, Girardi and the Yankees have fallen off the map when it comes to addressing his future with no updates provided.

Girardi, 53, leaves the Bombers with a 910-710 managerial record since 2008. NY has an undeniably talented core of young players like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius and Luis Severino, while still having incredibly deep pockets and a willingness to spend money. There are no obvious candidates at this time but it's believed that general manager Brian Cashman will favor a candidate with "a good feel for the clubhouse". The Yankees stormed back to win the final three games of the series and then almost came back from a 2-0 deficit against the Astros in the ALCS. They are said to "love" the job he's doing. More recent reports from MLB.com insider Todd Zolecki have also connected Wathan as a finalist along with Dodgers director of player development Gabe Kapler.

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