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.

10 Facts About the New York Yankees

by stephanie ~ June 6th, 2009


Ok, so there must be a whole lot of New York Yankee’s fan out there! Here are a few known facts about the team.

1. They are managed by Joe Torre since 1996. Joseph Paul Torre (that’s his real name, by the way) now ranks 6th in all-time MLB managerial wins. Now one huge credit for the manager is that, he has won them 10 AL East Division titles, 6 AL Pennants and 4 World Series title! Wohoooohhh! Way to go Joe!

2. The team is owned by George Steinbrenner, a very successful businessman who also purchased YES cable network.

3. They have 15 numbers retired, the most in the Major League Baseball.

4. The Yankees made it through the playoffs in 12 straight years.

5. They are in the AL East Division.

6. They have won the AL East for 9 straight years.

7. The team has won 26 World Series titles. Hey! That’s more championships than any other team in any North American sport! That alone is a great accomplishment for the Yankees they can be proud of! (My tongue is out, for those who hate the New York Yankees).

8. They play at the Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, but they are building a new stadium this will be ready in 2009.

9. There is a one and only player remaining in MLB, who is allowed to wear number 42 ever again — Mariano Rivera!

10. From 1913-2009, the team won 26 World Championships, 39 Pennants, and 47 Playoff appearances!

That’s it folks! Hope that was very informative for those of you who needs a little dose of the New York Yankees history! And of course, for those readers who does not like to read tons and tons of words in a page! Don’t you just hate it?