Joe Girardi is out as New York Yankees manager, so here are five candidates to replace him.
After some buzz during the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians that he would be gone if they lost, David Kaplan of ESPN 1000 has reported manager Joe Girardi will not be back with the New York Yankees in 2018.
Girardi had 910-710 regular season record (.562 winning percentage) as Yankees skipper, with six playoff appearances and a World series title in 2009. A young team arrived ahead of schedule this year, but the Yankees made the postseason just twice in Girardi’s last five seasons as manager. Simply put, even with George Steinbrenner no longer at the top of the operation, that’s not quite good enough in the Bronx.
Girardi may just be a little burned out with the burden of the expectations that come with being the manager of the Yankees. If he wants another job he can probably have one immediately, with a couple openings still out there, but his contract with the Yankees was up and it’s unclear if a new gig is on Girardi’s mind at all.
In any case, the Yankees have a great situation now and going forward, with young talent in the big leagues and in the minor league pipeline. Here are five candidates to be the next Yankees manager.
5. Rob Thompson
Thompson served as either the Yankees bench coach (2008, 2015-2017) or third base coach (2009-2014) for Girardi’s entire tenure as manager. So the proverbial “freshness” of his voice is debatable, but Thompson has been immediately mentioned as an internal candidate to take over as Yankees manager.
Thompson managed two games in Girardi’s place early in the 2008 season, and that’s his only major league managerial experience beyond serving as acting manager after an ejection. Thompson seems sure to get an interview, though, perhaps very quickly.