Ever since Joe Girardi became the Yankees manager in 2008, it’s been a bumpy ride. The team has either missed the postseason completely, only advanced to the first two rounds or won the World Series.
Girardi is in the final season of his contract, and like Yankees GM Brian Cashman is going to have all eyes on him as the Yankees attempt to enter the postseason. However, if the Yankees don’t make the postseason, does that mean Girardi is going to be in the hot seat after the 2017 season is over?
Well, not exactly.
It’s clear the Yankees are undergoing a transition period this season; they’re trying to create the perfect mix of veterans and rookies for the team to contend from 2018 on. And while the expectations loom large for the Yankees, if the team doesn’t make the postseason, it wouldn’t entirely be Girardi’s fault.
We can all agree Girardi isn’t the perfect manager. In fact, he’s made mistakes which has left everyone baffled and scratching their heads in confusion. However, most of Girardi’s moves have kept the Yankees in contention.
There have been years where the Yankees weren’t supposed to even be in the postseason race, but Girardi has been right there steering the ship.
A very recent example was 2016. The Yankees weren’t supposed to be in the postseason race. They had started off under .500 and it appeared as if their season was doomed. The team even traded away some of their veteran talent and brought the kids up as the proverbial white flag. But getting rid of some of the veterans and bringing up the kids actually was the right move.
The team started to win games. The Yankees finally instilled some confidence in themselves and they almost appeared to have re-entered the Wild Card picture.
But in good old Yankee fashion, they regressed in September.
Overall, there was so much excitement over the last few months of the season, and most of it had to do with Girardi–and Cashman–pushing the right buttons, playing the right people.
Girardi might be in somewhat of the hot seat as 2017 rolls near, but if you’re wondering if Girardi will lose his job over what happens this season…he’s most likely going to stay the whole year.
Whether you like him or not, Girardi is literally the best option for the Yankees right now. And who knows, maybe the Yankees have a contract extension for Girardi in the works if all goes well this season.