The New York Yankees are currently without a manager after firing Joe Girardi following the team’s disappointing loss in the ALDS. So who will be the next Yankees manager? Here are some of the top candidates.
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Joe Girardi has been the manager of the New York Yankees since 2008 and has led them to a World Series title and six American League East titles. He is currently signed through the 2017 season. However, his contract includes a clause that allows him to opt out of his contract after the 2017 season. Girardi has said that he will take some time after the season to decide if he wants to opt out or not. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Girardi staying with the Yankees.
2011 Manager of the Year
Girardi was born in Peoria, Illinois. He is a graduate of Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Girardi is of Italian descent. Joe’s father, Jerry Girardi (1937–2005), was a former blue collar worker who became a schoolteacher and is now deceased. His mother, Angela (née Rotondo; born 1937), is a homemaker.
Girardi was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 1986 MLB draft out of Northwestern University after batting .359 with 16 home runs in his senior year. He played one minor league season at Class-A Peoria before being promoted to Double-A Pittsfield in 1987. In 1988, he was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, where he caught future Cubs teammate Rick Sutcliffe, who was rehabbing from an injury. Girardi made his Major League debut for the Cubs on April 4, 1989 when he started at second base against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Danny Jackson. In 1990, he served as a back-up to catcher Damon Berryhill; however, he still saw significant time on the field appearing in 84 games while hitting .270/.324/.370 with 6 home runs and 35 RBIs that season while being named to Baseball Digest’s Rookie All-Star team along with Sandy Alomar Jr., Charles Johnson and Geronimo Berroa.
During spring training prior to the 1991 season, the Cubs traded Girardi to the Colorado Rockies for Rafael Quirino and Wellington Dotel; however, during his brief stay in the minors with Colorado affiliate The Oklahoma City 89ers Girardi chose to retire rather than report when he was informed that he would be backing up Eric Wedge for the season. Wedge served as his replacement for the rest of that season before moving on to manage in Cleveland’s farm system where he eventually managed the Indians from 2000–2002 and again from 2007–2009 winning AL Manager of The Year honors with them during his first stint in 2006; He is currently managing Seattle Mariners
Led Yankees to 2009 World Series title
Joe Girardi led the Yankees to a World Series title in 2009. He has a .562 career winning percentage as a manager, including 10 seasons with the Yankees and one with the Marlins.
In recent years, the New York Yankees have been one of the most successful teams in baseball. They have made the playoffs eight times in the last ten years and have won the World Series twice. The team’s success is largely due to the leadership of manager Joe Girardi. Girardi’s contract is up after this season, and there is speculation about who will be the next manager of the Yankees. One name that has been mentioned is Don Mattingly.
Former Yankees captain
Given his history with the organization, Don Mattingly would seem to be a logical choice to take over as manager of the Yankees. He has served as a coach on Joe Girardi’s staff since 2007, and was widely rumored to be the top candidate for the job when Girardi was hired in 2008.
Mattingly was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, and was signed by the Yankees as an undrafted free agent in 1979. He made his Major League debut with the team in 1982, and went on to play 14 seasons with the Yankees, compiling a .307 career batting average with 222 home runs and 1,099 RBI. He was named American League MVP in 1985, and led the Yankees to World Series titles in 1977 and 1978.
After retiring as a player following the 1995 season, Mattingly served as a hitting coach for the Yankees from 1996 to 2001. He rejoined the organization as a special advisor in 2004, before being named Girardi’s bench coach three years later.
Hitting coach since 2008
Don Mattingly has been the New York Yankees hitting coach since 2008. He was born and raised in Indiana and played baseball for four years at Indiana State University. He was drafted by the Yankees in 1982 and made his Major League debut in September 1984. He was a six-time All-Star, won nine Gold Glove Awards, and three Silver Slugger Awards. His career batting average was .307 with 2,153 hits, 1,099 RBIs,222 home runs, and 11 stolen bases. He retired from playing baseball in 1995.
The New York Yankees are currently in the process of searching for a new manager after firing Joe Girardi. One of the candidates they have been linked to is Tony Pena. Pena has experience managing in the MLB, most recently with the Kansas City Royals. Pena is also familiar with the Yankees, as he played for them from 1992-1994. Let’s take a look at whether or not Tony Pena would be a good fit for the Yankees.
Yankees first-base coach
Tony Pena is the Yankees’ first-base coach. He has been with the team since 2014 and has been a key part of their success.
Pena played for the Yankees from 1986 to 1988, and he was a part of their World Series winning team in 1986. He then went on to manage the Kansas City Royals from 2002 to 2010. During his time with the Royals, he led them to four straight playoff appearances, including their first World Series appearance in 29 years.
Pena is highly respected by both players and fans, and he would be a great choice to be the next manager of the Yankees.
Managed Kansas City Royals from 2002-05
Pena was born in the Dominican Republic and played Major League Baseball as a catcher from 1986 to 1998. He was a member of the 1995 Atlanta Braves team that won the World Series. After his playing career, Pena managed the Kansas City Royals from 2002 to 2005. From 2006 to 2010, he was the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox, and he won another World Series with them in 2007. He has also served as a coach for the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.
Yankees bench coach
Rob Thomson is the Yankees bench coach and has been with the organization for 28 years. He’s widely respected within the organization and has a good relationship with general manager Brian Cashman. Thomson is considered a strong in-game strategist and is said to be one of the main reasons why the Yankees have been so successful over the past few years.
Longtime organizational soldier
Rob Thomson is a longtime Yankees organizational soldier who has spent the last four seasons as Joe Girardi’s bench coach. He’s been with the team in some capacity for 28 years, and his loyalty and institutional knowledge are highly valued by the front office.