Is Joe Girardi New York Yankees Manager of the Future?

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Joe Girardi is beginning his 10th season as manager of the New York Yankees. This is also the final year of his current contract.

The Yankees have won one World Series with Girardi at the helm (2009) but the playoffs have been a rare thing for the Bronx Bombers in recent years.

It has been a long-standing Yankees policy not to extend contracts (managers or players) until the contract is up, so the fact that Girardi does not have an extension yet shouldn’t be taken as anything more than Yankees policy (it is also Brian Cashman’s last year of his contract).

I believe Joe Girardi has done extremely well as manager of the Yankees – even going so far as to say that he has exceeded realistic expectations (if you thought the Yankees were World Series contenders in many of these past years, you simply are a blind Yankees fan and were not judging the roster properly).

The rosters he has been given (outside of 2009) have been full of aging and injured players or recently a combination of aging and overpriced players with some young talent mixed in. Over the last few seasons, the simple fact that the Yankees have been in the playoff hunt in September is testament to Girardi’s skill as a manager.

This season, the Yankees should win 84-88 games and will probably be in the playoff hunt through most of the season again (the goal is to tread water until 2018 and free agency of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado bring in some potential huge talent upgrades). Does this mean Girardi will get a new contract in the offseason?

I think he will (along with Cashman). Joe Girardi, in the past, has shown that he can do well with young players (he won NL Manager of the Year as manager of the Marlins – a team full of nothing but young players). Also, keeping the team in the playoff hunt the last few seasons should be in his favor. Girardi is still young in terms of managing and has plenty of years still ahead of him. Having Girardi be the first manager for some of these young players and then have him help them improve over the coming years (similar to how Joe Torre did it with Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada) may be more beneficial than bringing in a new coach.

I just can’t think of anyone better the Yankees could go and get to replace him if they let him go – and that has to be a consideration in determining whether to offer a contract to him or not. There is a very good chance Joe Girardi can be the manager of the New York Yankees for the next 10 years as well!

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