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.

New York Yankee Managers - Through the Years

by stephanie ~ June 6th, 2009

From 1913 - 2009, the Yankee’s has been in 47 play-off appearances. Past managers who handled the team started with John Mc Graw when they still played as “Baltimore Orioles” in 1901 and 1902.

Clark Griffith directed the Yankee’s from 1903 to 1908, partnered with Kid Elbeld in 1908. During this time, Clark Griffith was termed as the “old Fox.” He was a Major League Baseball pitcher and a team owner. Now, in 1909 and 1910, George Stallings managed the team with Hal Chase in 1910. Around this time, they played as the New York Highlanders. It is very interesting and that Stallings was with the team for only 2 years. He died of a heart disease and when his doctor inquired why he had a bad heart — he answered him in a joking manner that it was “those damn bases on balls.”

Short years for New York Yankee managers were from 1911-1914 because they changed every year from Hal Chase alone in 1911, Harry Wolverton in 1912, Frank Chance in 1913 and partner Roger Pekinpaugh in 1914. Bill Donovan managed the team starting from 1915 to 1917, 3 straight short years and was taken over by Miller Huggins, who was with the team until 1929. He was partnered with Art Fletcher during the last year of his reign. He was nicknamed “Mighty Mite.” He won 6 American League Pennants and 3 World Series Championships. He died of an eye problem at age 50 and was in Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964,

Another manager who guided the New York Yankees for 16 long years, together with Bill Dickey and Jonny Neun in his last year at 1946 was Joe McCarthy, nicknamed “Marse Joe.” Bucky Harris, however, was with the Yankees for only 2 years in 1947 and 1948, followed by Casey Stengel who held the team until 1960.

Best known as the successor of Stengel, Ralph Houk supervised the Yankees from 1961 to 1973. Unlike other managers who were short-lived, he was with the team for 10 years. It was only in the year 1965 that the team was guided by Jonny Keane and then both of them in 1966.

In years that followed, Billy Virdon, Billy Martin, Dick Howser, Bob Lemon, Gene Michael, Clyde King, Yogi Berra, and Lou Piniella, managed the New York Yankees team from 1974 until 1988.

After 1988, Dallas Green, Bucky Dent, Stump Merril, all lead the Yankees. Their term however was very short compared to the other managers who spent as much as 10 years. At least Buck Showalter spent his time managing the team from 1992 to 1995, a little longer than most.

Recently, in the late 90’s, Joe Torre joined the team as the manager from 1996 to 2007. Amazing, as he spent a lot of years with the team.

The New York Yankees is now managed by Joe Girardi since 2008. Fans are definitely expecting more from him to lead them to victory!