"Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we've made a decision to pursue alternatives for the managerial position", Cashman said in a statement. The Yankees are the third of the 10 postseason teams to remove managers, joining Boston and Washington.
After the Yankees were eliminated from the post-season by Houston, Girardi said he planned to sit down with his family to discuss their future. He has a tireless work ethic, and puts his heart into every game he managed over the last decade.
Girardi, who had just completed a four-year, $16 million contract, took over the Yankees in 2008 and won a World Series title in 2009, the franchise's 27th, but has not added another since.
After the news broke, general manager Brian Cashman released a statement in which he thanked Girardi for his years of service to the team. NY beat Minnesota in the wild-card game, then fell behind Cleveland 2-0 in the Division Series. Girardi took over for Joe Torre after the 2007 season. I would like to thank Damon Oppenheimer and his staff for their hard work in trying to find us the best players available in the draft.
"I love what I do", he said. "But I got to move forward and we'll be ready to go tomorrow".
While the 53-year-old did lead the Yankees on an unexpectedly deep playoff run, his post-season was marred by a managerial mistake during a Game Two loss to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series. But the Astros swept the final two games. As Hal Steinbrenner and I mentioned to Joe directly this week, he has been a tremendous Yankees on the field and away from it, as a player, coach and manager.
According to ESPN, Girardi leaves his position after 10 years at the helm.