Joe Girardi - New York Yankees 2008-2009 Manager

by admin ~ June 18th, 2009.


Gone are the days when it was too impossible for a person to have two career successes at one point. Joe Girardi’s Yankee manager is a broadcaster by blood at the same time, a great coach.

He was a catcher in his Major League Baseball career.  He was traded in 1995 to the Yankees team for pitcher Mike DeJean.  He was a player in various baseball teams, but 5 years with the New York Yankees for he left in 2000. In fact, he was the team’s regular catcher then. Born on October 14, 1964 in Peoria, Illinois, Girardi earned three World Series.

In a real sense of sensitivity, I find Joe Girardi to be boasting that great characteristic. I have made this conclusion because of what happened to a sad incident when he was a Cub — the death of Daryll Kile. He had a game cancelled against the Cardinals because of this heartbreaking event of the Cardinal family.

It comes to no shock that he was a great baseball player. Then came his broadcasting career in 2004 when he retired and became a commentator for the YES Network, also owned by the same industrialist, Steinbrenner.

He was offered an expanded role in 2005 Yankee broadcasts, but turned it down because he decided to become a Coach. Amongst the most interesting journey of his retirement as an MLB player, Joe Girardi was fielding himself out as to what he really wanted and by passing off the opportunity in the broadcasting business, I assume he found his niche in directing a team, being a great player himself.

Girardi’s Managerial Career started with the Florida Marlins in 2005 and gained huge success over it. However, on October 3, 2006, he was taken out of the Marlins. A gesture Girardi just shrug off and only said that he was grateful of the opportunity given to him. This action opened doors for him. There were a lot of managerial breaks for him, but Alas! In October 29, 2008, he was reported to be the New York Yankee’s managerial pick and by October 30, he signed a 3-year deal, said to be worth $7.5M.

I guess, Girardi’s passion for managing a team goes beyond the limit. I have noticed that he has been involved with a lot of disagreements and arguments on the field when it comes to calls made. It happened in the past with his first year as a manager with the Marlins and then with the Yankees.

Girardi’s first year as a Yankee manager was a bit of a disappointment for many because it was the first time in 14 years that the team did not reach the post season.

It is absolutely a real fire for Joe Girardi to tackle this 2009 season.

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