Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Torre Not Convinced Girardi Will Be On Hot Seat Next Season

You can leave Joe Torre out when it comes to doubting Joe Girardi.

The 74-year-old former Yankees manager, who currently works in the league offices as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, recently told The Star Ledger that he doesn't see his successor as being in any danger of losing his job next season. Girardi, the Yanks' skipper since 2008, has failed to get his team to the playoffs for two consecutive campaigns now, the first man to do so since Buck Showalter in 1992 and 1993.

"I don't think that time is any time soon," Torre said. "Brian Cashman has a lot of confidence in him."

It's possible that Torre believes that New York's injuries over the past two years have hurt Girardi's chances to succeed, but that the latter has still done well. During this relatively dark time for the Yankees, interestingly, only Brett Gardner has played on both opening days, leading off and playing center in 2013 before moving down and switching to left this season.

Even if he doesn't think that, though, it's safe to say that Torre is right about Cashman's confidence here, as Girardi just signed a 4-year, $16 million contract extension with the Yankees last winter.

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