Nearly one decade after he became the manager of the Yankees, Joe Girardi is out, after overseeing just one World Series title during his tenure.
Girardi announced his departure Thursday, according to multiple media reports: “With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back. I’d like to thank the fans for their great support as a player, coach and manager and the lasting memories of their passion and excitement during the playoff games.”
The announcement comes just days after the Yanks lost to the Houston Astros in the playoffs. Game 3 of the World Series between Houston and the Los Angeles Dodgers beckons on Friday. It’s currently tied up 1-1 after the Astros defeated the Dodgers in an epic 11-inning Game 2 on Wednesday.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman thanked Girardi “for his 10 years of hard work and service.”
Girardi’s contract had come to an end and the call to replace him was made following front-office meetings earlier this week at Yankee Stadium, The New York Times reported. According to The Times, internal candidate Joe Espada is a likely replacement, though no decision has yet been reached.