The Yankees have told Joe Girardi that he won’t be back as managers.
For those of you keeping a scorecard, that means the Yankees and Red Sox, AL East teams that made the playoffs, are changing managers, while the Orioles, Rays and Blue Jays are keeping their managers.
Add in the Nationals and you have 3 playoff teams that have fired their managers after making the playoffs. It seems like MLB teams are sending a clear message: if you want to keep your jobs, don’t make the playoffs.
In Girardi’s 10 seasons, as Yankee manager, his team had a 910-710 record and he won 1 World Series.
I get the feeling that the scrutiny that managers get during the playoffs, might be the cause of some of the firings. Make a mistake during a regular season game, and it goes relatively unnoticed. Make a mistake in a playoff game, and everyone talks about it for the next several days.
I wonder if DeMarlo Hale will get some interviews. He seems to be well respected. The Red Sox have already decided on Alex Cora for their manager job, but the Yankees are expected to look ‘outside the organization’ to find their new manager. Hale should get a call.
In other news: Just for the information of the Texas Rangers, this is the proper response to a ‘bat flip’:
Kenley Jansen has the only good bat flip opinion.— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) October 26, 2017
"You can do whatever you want to if you hit me out, I don’t care. You got me."
Yasiel Puig's thoughts on Carlos Correa's bat flip pic.twitter.com/zU5Hfq9Wj4— Kent (@RealKentMurphy) October 26, 2017
In other words, it is possible to act like a grown up.