Joe Girardi is entering his 10th season managing the New York Yankees.
What makes this year different than most is that this is Girardi’s final season under contract. And like Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, Girardi is facing uncertainty going into the future.
But despite being in the final year of his contract, Girardi isn’t going to let that affect how he manages his team this season.
“It doesn’t really impact me,” Girardi said during Tuesday’s press conference with the media. “I’m going to go do my job the same way and the way that I believe is for me the right way to do it.
“I won’t seek any clarity. They have not extended managers as long as I can remember during the course of a season, so I’ll just go do my job and whatever happens, happens.
“I’m a faithful man and I believe He’s going to put me where he wants me anyway, so let’s just go play it out.”
Girardi has led the Yankees to nine consecutive winning seasons, five postseason berths, three American League East titles and a World Series title in 2009. Of course, the Yankees aren’t going to be favorites to win the World Series this year, so the pressure is on for Girardi.
Despite that, Girardi hopes that he’ll be with the team from 2018 and beyond.
“Yeah, I do,” he said “I don’t envision myself doing anything different, and maybe that’s why I don’t really think that much about it. So it’s what I know. This is what I’ve done for a long time and we’ll just play it out.”