Part of the discussion about whether Joe Girardi should be retained — assuming he wants to be back — must revolve around who the Yankees see as the optimum manager for the next three-to-five years. The near future looks promising for the organization. They put a cornerstone down with a good young core that went to ALCS Game 7 this year, have more well-regarded prospects coming and are potentially a year away from tremendous financial flexibility — just in time for what is expected to be a starry free-agent class. To manage that group, the Yanks would probably love to have their own A.J. Hinch or Dave Roberts. Someone young, bright, media friendly, energetic, charismatic, positive, and able to incorporate analytics and build strong clubhouse bonds simultaneously. But here is the thing — maybe you get Hinch or Roberts. Or maybe you get Brad Ausmus or Matt Williams, who seemed like good ideas at the time, but underwhelmed or worse. The Yankees obviously don’t want to do anything to impede the skill of this precocious roster. Whatever Girardi’s faults, he has proven a capable major league manager. You might not love the pilot. But he will land the planes, making up for many shortcomings with work ethic and conviction.
Why Yankees keeping Girardi is not a slam dunk
New York Post | Oct 26