Is Joe Girardi on the hot seat in 2017? 6

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.

6 thoughts on “Is Joe Girardi on the hot seat in 2017?

  • Rob Abruzzese

    While his job isn't as guaranteed in the past, I'd say that he's probably pretty safe to return in 2018. Something bad would have to happen to change that. A 60-win team might do it, but as mediocre as the Yankees are that seems far fetched. He's too by the book and Hal Steinbrenner is not his father. If I'm betting, I'm betting that Girardi is back next year.

  • Jerry

    I'm a Girardi fan and also of Cashman's. There is no manager alive that you are going to agree with everything they do. And where is this scary great replacement? Who is he? What options are available? Showalter has lost some luster and probably has no interest, Francona, happy where he is, Maddon, happy where he is, Mattingly? .. Girardi is smart and works as hard as anyone. I think it will be up to Girardi when he's done.

  • Bomber4life

    Girardi is not the issue. Player performance, player acquisition, money and timing are the issues. The players need to hold themselves accountable and they need to have good integrity. Player egos can get in the way at times, but it could be a good thing if it benefits the team. Ultimately everyone should be team focused.

  • hotdog

    I think Girardi will be on the hot seat someday but not in 2017…he’s working with a young group of players and not making the playoffs won’t relieve him of his command…Girardi is also a company man…he doesn’t appear to make a lot of noise, doesn’t ruffle feathers and works well with Cashman…

  • Dan M

    Girardi, in my opinion is probably safe this coming season however starting in 2018 the "heat" is going to be turned up on him a little bit because many of the teams prospect players will have a whole year of experience under their belts and some of the other prospects will be MLB ready. The 2019 season is the Yankees ideal goal for when they want to truly contend for not just the postseason but a World Series title, and that will also be the year where Girardi will feel the most heat cause it will cranked up as high as it can go. If 2019 comes and the Yankees vision for the next "dynasty" hasn't manifested the way they wanted it, Girardi will be the first person out the door.

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