Tag:Joe Girardi
Posted on: April 27, 2011 1:41 pm

Rough early season for Soriano in Bronx

By Matt Snyder

Rafael Soriano is the big topic of discussion Wednesday for Yankees fans and the New York media alike. Not shockingly, considering his line thus far in the season, it ain't pretty.

Soriano blew a four-run lead April 5, nearly blew a three-run lead on April 16 and lost the lead completely Tuesday night to the White Sox on a Paul Konerko two-run homer. He's got a 7.84 ERA, 1.94 WHIP and has walked eight hitters in 10 1/3 innings. This is coming off the heels of a season where he was one of the most dominant closers in baseball, racking up 45 saves on a 1.73 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in 62 1/3 innings. And how about this one? He only walked 14 guys all last season, so he's more than halfway there already.

What's worse is Soriano's attitude doesn't seem to be winning anyone over. He refused to talk to the media after the April 5 debacle, something that infuriated the writers. If you do a Twitter search for Soriano's name, it's chock full of Yankees fans saying he doesn't appear to care.

After Tuesday night's game, Soriano expressed his frustration.

"It has not been easy for me," Soriano said. "I've tried to figure out how to do the same that I did last year. I've been struggling right now, but I'll take it, forget all that tonight, come back and find out." (Metro )

Mike Francesca, famed New York sports-talk radio personality, is letting Soriano have it today, according to many New Yorkers on Twitter, including saying he'll "draw pictures" to help Soriano figure out how to get outs. Which is weird, since Francesca has never recorded a big-league out himself.

There also seem to be problems with Soriano not being a New Yorker, as he's describd an immature "out-of-towner" in one outlet (Staten Island Live ). And there are many who definitely believe Soriano should be removed from the eighth-inning role immediately. (New York Post )

Honestly, I tend to agree with removing Soriano from eighth-inning duties for the time being, just to let him get his head clear and find some success in non-pressure situations. It's no secret some players aren't used to the pressure that comes with playing for the Yankees from both the fans and the press. When he's being piled on in addition to possibly having lost a bit of confidence, the Yankees should find a way to get that back.

Joe Girardi does have an option or two. David Robertson is a very solid back-end of the bullpen pitcher. He's a hard-throwing, high-strikeout guy. He's yet to allow a run in 2011 through 8 1/3 innings. He's struck out 10 and only walked two. Joba Chamberlain has done the role before and has 12 strikeouts to only three walks, though he's been knocked around a few times by opposing hitters. Not as much as Soriano, so he's a better option.

But Robertson seems like the best eighth-inning option for Girardi at this point for everyone involved, most of all Soriano.

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:36 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 8:52 pm

Sabathia gives up eating Cap'n Crunch

Wondering how CC Sabathia showed up to camp 25 pounds lighter?

Sure, eating what a nutritionist tells you plus an offseason workout regimen helps, but Sabathia gave up something very near and dear to his heart: Cap'n Crunch cereal. Speaking at spring training, Sabathia joked that he could at times eat one box in a sitting, but had to move on from it once he decided to lose weight.

Manager Joe Girardi admitted himself that "I'm a guy that will have a handful of Cap'n Crunch every once in a while," but it's key to do so in moderation.

Check the video below of Sabathia's admission and Girardi's reaction.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 31, 2010 9:36 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 9:39 pm

Eiland denies rift with Girardi; Aldred favorite

Eiland, Girardi Pitching coach Dave Eiland (picture, left), fired by the Yankees after New York's season concluded, put to rest the speculation he and manager Joe Girardi did not get along.

"Totally, absolutely false," Eiland told the New Jersey Star-Ledger via text message on Sunday. "Ridiculous."

ESPN New York has cited a source saying that Eiland and Girardi (picture, right) had a falling out after the pitching coach took off almost a month in-season to tend to a presonal matter. The report had Eiland's opinions "de-emphasized."

The Star-Ledger notes that Girardi and Eiland always seemed to have a close working relationship, getting to the point where the two did not need to discuss who to bring in from the bullpen on any given day given the two always seemed in agreement.

There is some thought that the month-long absence is what doomed Eiland in the eyes of GM Brian Cashman, but he is remaining tight-lipped about the matter, except to say that internal candidates Mike Harkey and Scott Aldred would be considered for the job along with outside candidates.

In the Sunday notes section of the Boston Globe , Nick Cafardo tabs Aldred as the favorite to take over.

Aldred, the Triple-A pitching coach, spent two years in the position after serving as pitching coach for the Yankees' Double-A affiliate from 2007-08. Aldred spent nine season in the majors, most recently appearing for the Phillies in 2000. His tenure took him through the AL East once, with Aldred serving as a reliever for the then-Devil Rays from 1998-99.

He did have experience with the Yankees and Red Sox, however. In 2001, he pitched for the Yankees' Double-A affiliate -- the very same team he would go on to be pitching coach for six years later -- and then followed that up with the Dodgers in 2002. In 2003, he pitched in the Red Sox system and then spent the next two years in the independent leagues before retiring thanks to elbow trouble.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 12:09 pm

Girardi agrees to three-year deal with Yankees

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post , Joe Girardi has agreed to a three-year deal to remain Yankees manager.

Girardi is set to make $9 million with ALCS and World Series bonuses of roughly $450,000-$500,000 apiece should the Yankees make it back to the national stage.

Girardi succeeded Joe Torre and led the Yankees to 89 wins in 2008, which caused the team to miss the playoffs. He rebounded the next season with 103 wins and a World Series title.

New York was just bounced by the Texas Rangers in the ALCS after Girardi helmed the club to 95 wins. While Girardi received accolades for his work in 2009, he has come under fire in 2010 for reverting back to being an intense manager with an incredible reliance on "The Binder," a book of comprehensive data he religiously follows.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 2:50 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2010 3:17 pm

Girardi on verge of extension with Yankees

There won't be any drawn-out negotiations in New York, as the Yankees are set to complete a contract extension with Joe Girardi.

The new deal, as the New York Post reports, will pay Girardi between $9 and $10 million over the next three seasons, which may be enough to vault him into the top five most-paid managers in the game.

The deal could be finalized Wednesday or Thursday, and put Girardi on the road towards six seasons as skipper. That would make him the sixth Yankees manager to serve six or more consecutive seasons as manager, behind Joe Torre (12), Buck Showalter (4), Ralph Houk (7, 10 total), Casey Stengel (12), Joe McCarthy (15-plus) and Miller Huggins (11-plus).

 -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:24 am
Edited on: October 25, 2010 9:24 am

Girardi could get three-year deal

Joe Girardi
A couple of months ago, there were visions of Joe Girardi coming off another Yankees championship as a free agent and being tempted by several other high-profile managing jobs.

But the picture looks a lot different now. Girardi didn't earn another ring, and the jobs to which his name had been attached are now gone. The Cubs hired interim coach Mike Quade. The Dodgers hired Don Mattingly. The Cardinals re-upped Tony La Russa.

The New York Post says there will be no announcement of a contract extension for Girardi when he and general manager Brian Cashman are scheduled for a media post mortem of the season at Yankee Stadium. But that deal could be struck soon, and is likely to be for three years.

Also in question are the futures of several Yankees coaches, not because the Yankees don't want them back but because they could draw interest elsewhere. Hitting coach Kevin Long has had suitors in the past, and Dave Eiland could be recruited by several teams in the market for a pitching coach. Bench coach Tony Pena is supposedly a candidate for the Marlins' managerial job, but told the Post on Sunday he hadn't been contacted by the team, though they might just be giving Pena a cooling off period after the Yankees' ouster.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 12:24 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:29 am

Yankees sticking with Burnett

A.J. Burnett Joe Girardi is sticking with A.J. Burnett to start Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday.

When he was asked in the postage press conference if he was still going to pitch Burnett, Girardi didn't hesitate.

"Yes. Yes," Girardi said.

He answered the follow-up -- if he'd had to think about it -- just as quickly.

"No," Girardi said.

Burnett was 10-15 with a  5.26 ERA in the regular season and wasn't used in the ALDS. He went 1-7 with a 6.61 ERA in the last two months of the season. However, he did make three starts against the Rangers this year and went 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.

Last season, Burenett was 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA in five postseason starts.

The Yankees could have used CC Sabathia on short rest, but then would have had to find a Game 5 starter on short rest, too.

Burnett will face Tommy Hunter, who was 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA. He went five innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sept. 11, allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out eight and walking three in a Rangers victory.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 9:07 pm

Cardinals, not Cubs, could catch Girardi's eye

Joe Girardi One of the more intriguing subplots of the offseason has been the future of Joe Girardi.

The third-year Yankees skipper is a free agent after the season, and given New York's philosophy not to discuss contract extensions until the final year is up, Girardi will be a full-blown free agent who should be in demand should he choose to leave New York.

As unlikely as that is, there is one team that many have considered to be a viable suitor for Girardi: the hometown Chicago Cubs.

Except that the New York Post talked to a source that said Chicago is completely off the table. The source admitted that it's possible the Peoria, Illinois native leaves the Yankees, but not to the Cubs -- rather to the Cardinals.

Yes, the St. Louis Cardinals. If Tony La Russa turns down the team's one-year extension offer, Girardi could have interest.

"The Cardinals would be his kind of place,'' one insider said. "No media problems, total control ... but don't they want La Russa back?''

They do, but the ball is in La Russa's court now. If he declines, Girardi may be hearing from St. Louis.

-- Evan Brunell

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