It’s been almost three weeks since the New York Yankees announced they would be bringing back skipper Joe Girardi with a four-year deal that made him the second-highest paid manager in all of Major League Baseball.
Now that the dust has settled and emotions have calmed, it appears safe to say that this was the right decision, not only for Girardi but for the New York Yankees, as an organization.
Between 1980 and 1990, New York had a total of thirteen managers – leading to great uncertainty amongst fans and players alike. However, the Joe Torre era dawned in 1996 and ended in 2007 with four World Series titles in tow.
In steps Girardi, following in the footsteps of one of the greatest managers in Yankees history. And he has not disappointed.
Although the team missed the postseason in 2013, Girardi already has a World Series title as manager of the Yankees, which came in 2009. Signed for the next four seasons, Girardi is the man to get the most out of this roster.
With ownership concerned about the luxury tax and a ballooning payroll, Girardi will not enjoy the same freewheeling spending that Torre did for most of his tenure. That being said, 2013 was evidence that he is the man that can make the most out of a less-than-Yankees standard roster.
When asked if he thought the team could win in coming years, Girardi replied in a very confident manner.
“Absolutely. I wouldn’t have come back if I didn’t think we could win a championship,” Girardi said. “I know there’s a lot of work to be done. I know there’s a lot of holes that we have to fill, and there’s people leaving and people retiring, but I have faith in our organization.”
Girardi has faith and the organization has faith in him. That is when a team will be its most effective. All the focus on the field, not in bitter front office disputes.