Joe Girardi signed a three-year contract to remain the manager of the New York Yankees through the 2013 Major League Baseball season.
Financial terms for the 46-year-old Girardi weren’t disclosed in a news release from the team. The agreement is worth $9 million compared with $7.5 million for his old deal, according to the New York Post.
The Yankees went 287-199 during Girardi’s first three years managing the franchise. In 2008, they missed the postseason for the first time in 14 seasons. They responded last season with their 27th World Series title and lost this year’s American League Championship Series in six games to the Texas Rangers.
The Yankees struggled through the final month of the 2010 season, going 9-17 after Sept. 4, before sweeping the Minnesota Twins in the best-of-five first round of the playoffs. Girardi then made decisions with the pitching rotation for the Rangers’ series that were criticized by baseball analysts, using 24-year- old Phil Hughes in Game 2 instead of Andy Pettitte, the winningest pitcher in postseason history, and starting A.J. Burnett in Game 4 after the left-hander recorded just one victory since early August. Texas won all three games, then beat Hughes to clinch its first World Series berth.
Over the next three campaigns, Girardi likely will have to manage a group of aging homegrown veterans that led the Yankees to five championships since 1996: shortstop Derek Jeter, the team’s captain, is 36; catcher/designated hitter Jorge Posada is 39; Pettitte is 38; and relief pitcher Mariano Rivera will be 41 in November. Posada is the only one of the four under contract for 2011.
Girardi joined New York after being named the National League Manager of the Year in 2006 during his only season with the Florida Marlins. He was fired from the Marlins before the award was announced.
He was a major-league catcher from 1989 through 2003, playing seven seasons with the Chicago Cubs, four with the Yankees, three with the Colorado Rockies and one with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Following Lou Piniella’s retirement as the Cubs’ manager in August, Girardi -- an Illinois native and Northwestern University graduate -- was frequently mentioned by New York and Chicago newspapers as a candidate for that opening. The position was filled on Oct. 19 by Mike Quade, who had served as interim manager following Piniella’s departure.
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