Gi­rardi ‘shocked’ at be­ing let go

Woonsocket Call - - Sports - By RON­ALD BLUM As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

“You know, it's life,” he added. “You un­der­stand that you have to move on. I in­vested a lot of time in there and have a lot of great mem­o­ries there. But this is part of life. When you take a job as a man­ager, you know that this is a pos­si­bil­ity, and you have to deal with this. You also get to deal with the other side, the ex­cite­ment of be­ing hired.”

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.”

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