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Do Yankees need Girardi to lighten up?

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06:06 AM ET 10.25 | Sometime in the next week, I suspect, Joe Girardi will re-up with the Yankees for something in the neighborhood of three years at $10 million. Girardi strangely regressed in 2010, returning to the uptight, paranoid version familiar from his 2008 Yankees debut season. Did his team play tight in the ALCS because the manager was tight? That is unknowable. But with his clenched teeth, edgy pacing and obsession with his black binder, Girardi hardly projected calm leadership to his troops. So as part of the coming negotiations, the Yanks must re-enforce to Girardi the significance of modifying a personality that too often strays to the robotic or -- worse -- dishonest. This worked previously. After Girardi's uncomfortable 2008 campaign, Brian Cashman gave his manager articles about Tom Coughlin's alterations to become more personable, open and patient.

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October 25, 2010  07:27 AM ET

Lighten up Francis!

Seems to me Girardi's the same manager he was this year as he was last year. The only difference is this year the pitchers didn't pitch and the hitters didn't hit. Sure he made some questionable moves, every manager does. But the real blame must be put on the players who go out and play. Guys who are getting paid a lot of money, just didn't perform this year.

October 25, 2010  07:35 AM ET

regardless what ranger fans think, cliffie will get a blank check from the yanks, and he will fill in the amount and the rotation. lee will sell his soul. tribe fans wonder where he was when we needed him against the sox 3 years ago. lee to the ******* will make joe's job very easy.

October 25, 2010  08:30 AM ET

Joe did a great job in 2009 but it's not like another manager couldn't have done the same concidering the talent involved. If he walks would it really be a great loss? There are some very good managers out there who would love a shot at managing the Yankees.

October 25, 2010  08:37 AM ET

does anyone really think that Joe's demeanor has more of an impact on that collection of 20 mill per year prima donnas than if a cardboard box was the manager? I'm doubting that Jeter or Posada or even psycho Arod think," wow Coach Joe looks anxious....that effects my mindset adversely"

Now I do agree his laughable use of metrics to keep inserting dave robertson to throw gopher balls should get him replaced.

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October 25, 2010  08:40 AM ET

"Did his team play tight in the ALCS because the manager was tight?" How about his team just flat out got beat...in every phase of the game.

October 25, 2010  08:57 AM ET

He needs to lay into them. Bunch of mamas boys they are.

October 25, 2010  09:20 AM ET

Girardi will be back...

October 25, 2010  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Lighten up Francis!Seems to me Girardi's the same manager he was this year as he was last year. The only difference is this year the pitchers didn't pitch and the hitters didn't hit. Sure he made some questionable moves, every manager does. But the real blame must be put on the players who go out and play. Guys who are getting paid a lot of money, just didn't perform this year.

Yeah I agree, I think if I was managing a team with the highest payroll and most talent all around and they underperformed like the Yankees did for almost the whole playoffs and during large chunks of the regular season... well I'd be clinching my teeth too.

October 25, 2010  09:29 AM ET
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you can say that again..the Rangers had about 6 guys that hit over .300 in the series and I think 4 of them hit over .350. The pitching was as dominant.

Just goes to show you that it is what you do on the field that matters the most. I realize that having a high payroll often translates to having a lot of talent but talent still has to perform. The Rangers simply played better.

October 25, 2010  09:32 AM ET

The Yankees don't deserve Girardi. He has to rely on A-Rod to produce in the post-season, Joba who's a AAA reliever at best, AJ Burnout, a $10million a year over the hill shortstop, & a starting catcher who can't throw guys out. Of course he should NOT lighten up, that team is headed for disaster.

October 25, 2010  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#23):

The Yankees don't deserve Girardi. He has to rely on A-Rod to produce in the post-season, Joba who's a AAA reliever at best, AJ Burnout, a $10million a year over the hill shortstop, & a starting catcher who can't throw guys out. Of course he should NOT lighten up, that team is headed for disaster.

Someone is bitter that AJ didn't fulfill his obligation to appear at the Canuck Lodge

October 25, 2010  09:39 AM ET

There have been plenty of managers who could not get high priced teams to get along let alone to the playoffs.

October 25, 2010  09:46 AM ET

This is just typical New York Post garbage. The sort of stuff they write every day to fill up space and "sell" papers. If Girardi is smart, he'll say good bye to the prima donnas and head for the Cubs where the ground he walks on will be worshipped by people who want to win and not criticize the way someone walks around in the dugout.

October 25, 2010  09:53 AM ET

plz

October 25, 2010  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#28):

This is just typical New York Post garbage. The sort of stuff they write every day to fill up space and "sell" papers. If Girardi is smart, he'll say good bye to the prima donnas and head for the Cubs where the ground he walks on will be worshipped by people who want to win and not criticize the way someone walks around in the dugout.

The Cubs have already hired a manager

October 25, 2010  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#30):

The Cubs have already hired a manager

It is NY Post Garbage, but girardi would be smart to stay. NY is just a tough town to play in and this is one of the reasons.

October 25, 2010  09:58 AM ET

Plz! Whenever the Yankees lose they gotta blame somebody. Girardi is a fine manager. That jobs comes with a lot of pressure because the Yankees shell out way too much money for players and expect to win every year. However, the other teams are professionals too and know how to win. Sometimes you just get beat and this year the yanks got spanked!

October 25, 2010  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#31):

It is NY Post Garbage, but girardi would be smart to stay. NY is just a tough town to play in and this is one of the reasons.

I am always amused by the "cashe" the NY papers seem to think they have. They are really nothing more than glorified tabloids, especially the sports sections.

 
October 25, 2010  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#23):

The Yankees don't deserve Girardi. He has to rely on A-Rod to produce in the post-season, Joba who's a AAA reliever at best, AJ Burnout, a $10million a year over the hill shortstop, & a starting catcher who can't throw guys out. Of course he should NOT lighten up, that team is headed for disaster.

And you think Cliff Lee doesn't see that mess? No way he goes there. all the Yankees talk about is money money money.

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