Gi­rardi: ‘Lit­tle shocked’ when Yanks let him go

The Times-Tribune - - Baseball - BY RON­ALD BLUM

ORLANDO, Fla. — Joe Gi­rardi ex­pected to be back for an 11th sea­son as New York Yan­kees man­ager.

“I was a lit­tle shocked,” he said of his dis­missal Tues­day af­ter at­tend­ing a meet­ing of Ma­jor League Baseball’s com­pe­ti­tion com­mit­tee.

Yan­kees gen­eral man­ager Brian Cash­man an­nounced his de­ci­sion Oct. 26, and then ex­plained last week he made the move be­cause of “abil­ity to fully en­gage, com­mu­ni­cate, con­nect with the play­ing per­son­nel.”

Gi­rardi said he wasn’t dis­ap­pointed about the state­ments.

“I’m one that (is) pretty aware of what hap­pens and what goes on inside a club­house ... so I don’t ever worry about that,” he said.

His 910-710 reg­u­lar-sea­son record with the Yan­kees is sixth in vic­to­ries man­ag­ing the team, and he led New York to its 27th World Se­ries ti­tle in 2009.

Gi­rardi an­tic­i­pates hav­ing dis­cus­sions af­ter Thanks­giv­ing about work­ing as a broad­caster for a na­tional net­work. He will not re­turn next year to the Yan­kees’ YES Net­work, where he worked in 2007 be­fore he was hired to man­age the team.

“I think that would be kind of strange,” he said.

New York has in­ter­viewed bench coach Rob Thom­son and for­mer Cleve­land and Seat­tle man­ager Eric Wedge for the open­ing, and Cash­man ex­pects in­ter­views to re­sume af­ter the gen­eral man­agers’ meet­ings this week. Gi­rardi is aware of the search.

“It’s hard not to, be­cause if you go on a web­site or if you’re watch­ing TV, it flashes across the bot­tom,” he said. “But it’s not some­thing that I’m pay­ing close at­ten­tion to.”

Also at the meet­ings, Cash­man said Ja­coby Ells­bury will start spring train­ing as a fourth out­fielder be­hind left fielder Brett Gard­ner, cen­ter fielder Aaron Hicks and right fielder Aaron Judge. Ells­bury’s sea­son was slowed by a con­cus­sion that side­lined him for a month start­ing in late May, and af­ter­ef­fects caused a sub­par per­for­mance through Au­gust.

“They were the best that we had and so I would an­tic­i­pate go­ing in that again, but that doesn’t mean peo­ple can’t flip scripts, ei­ther,” Cash­man said. “We’ll have and have had peo­ple ask­ing about our play­ers, see­ing if they can find matches to com­pel us to con­sider mak­ing any moves. So we’ll see what hap­pens. I’m not say­ing that specif­i­cally to Ja­coby Ells­bury.”

Now 34, Ells­bury is guar­an­teed $21,142,857 in each of the next three sea­sons, and the Yan­kees have a $21 mil­lion op­tion for 2021 with a $5 mil­lion buy­out. He has a full no-trade pro­vi­sion.

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