The Yankees announced on Thursday morning that they will not bring Girardi back for next season.
Definitely a bit of a shock. I mean, just yesterday I wrote that it seemed unlikely that he would leave and wondered who could even replace him if he did. Perhaps the Yankees thought that the kids could have been handled better? Gary Sanchez comes to mind. Or maybe they didn’t like the way he handled the bullpen…details will probably come out in the next few days.
Anyway it’s done. Who is going to replace Girardi? There is no George Steinbrenner around to abuse the managers, but with intense media pressure it’s still not the right job for just anybody. On top of that, any candidate will have to balance championship expectations with developing a lot of young players. Not an easy job.