Yankees decide not to bring back Joe Girardi as manager

Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi both have contracts that expire next

Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi both have contracts that expire next

Girardi announced Thursday that he won't be returning as manager of the Yankees after ten years at the helm.

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Girardi had just completed the final year of a four-year, $16 million contract.

"I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization", said Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman, in prepared remarks in a Yankees press release.

Girardi's 910-710 regular season record with the Yankees is sixth in victories managing the team behind Joe McCarthy (1,460), Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944).

He also won three championships with the Yankees as a player and is one of three individuals in franchise history to play for and manage a Yankees World Championship team.

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Girardi, in a separate statement, said that he appreciated the organization having given him the opportunity to lead the team for the last decade.

The Yankees made it to the American League Championship Series where they lost to the Houston Astros in game 7.

"As Hal Steinbrenner and I mentioned to Joe directly this week, he has been a tremendous Yankee on the field and away from it, as a player, coach and manager. He should take great pride in our accomplishments during his tenure, and I wish Joe and his family nothing but success and happiness in the future". The only question is if Girardi accepts.

Girardi released a statement as well, sounding disappointed that he wouldn't be returning for another season with the Bronx Bombers, and casting doubt on initial reports that the split was mutual.

There appear to be no clear candidates internally to replace Girardi, although first-base coach Tony Pena had Major League Baseball managing experience.

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