Was Saturday night Joe Girardi’s last dance in the New York Yankees‘ dugout?
Not even the man himself seems to know for sure.
Girardi’s future as Yankees manager has been a question mark throughout 2017, as he worked all season while in the final year of his contract. With his deal now officially expired thanks to the Yankees’ elimination on Saturday, Girardi’s status is sure to become the No. 1 story in the Bronx until it’s settled in some manner.
The 53-year-old skipper expressed his love for the Yankees job Saturday night but didn’t entirely rule out the possibility of moving on from the position.
“I love what I do,” Girardi said, according to ASAP Sports. “I’ve always said, the first thing that I do is I always talk to my family first. They come first. Because I think when you have a job, I mean, your family has to buy in, too. It’s not just what you want out of life. It’s everyone buying in. So I’ll sit down, talk to my wife and my kids and see where they’re at and what they’re thinking. And then we’ll see what the Yankees are thinking.
“That’s not my concern right now. I’ve had 10 great years here. I feel extremely blessed. God has been good to me. And we’ll see what the future holds.”
General manager Brian Cashman – who also needs a new contract for 2018 – wouldn’t divulge his opinion on whether Girardi deserves to return.
“My recommendation will be to talk to our owner and sit down and find out what is next,” Cashman told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, before adding that he was happy with how the Yankees’ season turned out overall.
Girardi has won 910 games over his 10 seasons as Yankees manager, a mark that ranks sixth all time in franchise history. Under his watch the Yankees have never finished below .500, while making six playoff appearances and capturing one World Series title in 2009.