This year might be different if Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has his way.
“For me, [Joe Girardi is] obviously the Manager of the Year,” Rodriguez told Mark Hale of the NY Post last night. “We lost our seventh-inning guy, we lost our eighth-inning guy. We lost our third baseman. We lost our shortstop. We lost Phil Hughes. And overall he’s been the one constant that floated over the water. He’s just been terrific.
“He does a fantastic job with our veteran players, communicating with us,” he added. “A lot of his great leadership things you guys will never know about. That’s what makes him so special.
“I think Joe does an incredible job and I don’t think he gets enough credit.”
Girardi won the Manager of the Year award back in his very first year as manager of the Florida Marlins back in 2006. He was fired at the end of that year anyway. If he’s going to take the award again he’s going to have to beat out Jim Leyland who will likely win it as manager of the team that was least likely to make the playoffs when the season started (those guys always get it).