When a team plays below expectations and is in last place like the New York Yankees, fans become increasingly impatient. When you have seen winning baseball for over two decades, you can become downright irritable. Spoiled fans, like Yankee fans tend to be at times, have no problem blaming the manager, in this case Joe Girardi. While understanding their frustration, firing Girardi is absolutely the wrong thing to do.
First of all, there is no one out there who is not currently a manger that has the resume of him. Outside of his one season with the Florida Marlins, who overachieved in a massive way in 2006, Girardi has never managed a losing team. If the Yankees were to let him go, Girardi would have a job in about two minutes. He is undoubtedly one of the best field bosses in the game and is very respected around the league.
Perhaps more importantly, if you think firing the manager would give this team a boost, you are crazy. Their issues go way beyond the manager. As repeated time and time again in this blog, the Yankees are trying to rebuild while at the same time remain competitive. Getting rid of Girardi now means that whomever you are hiring, you are saddling that person with a club that is on a downward trajectory. How can you look at the combination of bad contracts, older players and underachieving veterans and blame the manager? Girardi has done enough for this Yankee franchise, including winning their last World Series championship, that he deserves to ride out this rebuild/reload phase and at least have the opportunity to lead them back to the playoffs. In fact, by winning five out of their last seven games, perhaps the 2016 Yankees are showing some signs of life.
Girardi has his faults, as does all managers. He drives me nuts with the overemphasis on shifts and warming up relievers without bringing them into games. However, I would take him every day of the week and twice on Sunday to remain as manger of the Bronx Bombers. There is no else that is better equipped to handle the craziness and expectations that surrounds the Yankees than Joe Girardi.
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