I was going through my media game notes before yesterday’s game and noticed a milestone about Joe Girardi‘s managing career. I thought I’d save it for this morning since it applies to tonight’s game.
Basically, Joe Girardi has managed 999 Yankees games since taking over in 2008. Tonight will mark his 1,000th managed game as a Yankee. Although fans are critical of Girardi, it’s not hard to believe he leads active managers with a winning percentage of .580 through their 1,000th game while with their current team. He leads Mike Scioscia (LAA, .543), Ron Washington (TEX, .538), Joe Maddon (TB, .520), Ron Gardenhire (MIN, .513), Bruce Bochy (SF, .513) and Bud Black (SD, .475).
Girardi is also one of the few Yankees managers to lead their club to 1,000 games or more. He joins the ranks of Joe McCarthy (1931 – 1946), Joe Torre (1996 – 2007), Casey Stengel (1949 – 1960), Miller Huggins (1918 – 1929) and Ralph Houk (1961 – 1963; 1966 – 1973).
So what does Girardi have to say about reaching the milestone?
“It just tells me I’ve been fortunate in my life to have this opportunity to be here for that long,” Girardi said, “to be around an organization that does everything in its power to win and be around players that give you effort every day.”
Let’s hope the Yankees can win on Girardi’s 1,000th game as the New York Yankees manager. Girardi deserves that much, after all.