A number of blogs have discussed Joe Girardi’s status as a lame duck manager today, with Joe Pawlikowski over at RAB comprehensively covering the subject. He concludes, and I agree, that:
…it would take not only any catastrophe, but one that could be blamed solely on Girardi, for him to get the axe after this season. It’s hard to argue with a World Series title during your first contract.
My question to you is twofold.
1) Do you think Girardi should have that sort of job security? I do, for the reason very eloquently stated by commenter Honorable Congressman Mondesi in the comments to the RAB post:
You know, I know it’s a results-driven business, but I don’t think there are any managerial options who I trust more to get the process right than Girardi. Even when I disagree with his moves, which last year was more often than I expected, I have faith that he’s thinking critically about what he’s doing and using the information available to him, and that’s really the most important thing. Of course none of that would matter if he didn’t have the ability to choose the right tacts and strategies, but he does more often than not, and when he errs, I don’t think he’s too proud to realize it and I think he’s able to understand why and work on fixing whatever problem he might have. He’s a really smart guy who seems to have a good relationship with and the trust of the front office, he seems to not only think critically but also be open to learning and changing his ways, and he showed a marked improvement in one area of weakness, dealing with the media, that’s important for a manager of this team. It’s all about the process, and I have faith that he’s the right guy to get that right and keep it going.
There really is not much I can add to that. I cannot remember a single decision that Girardi has made in the last two seasons for which I could not come up with a rational, somewhat reasonable explanation for. He may be mistaken at times, but he always thinks about what he is doing and tries to be logical.
2) If you believe they should extend him, when do you think it should be done? One the one hand, his contract status could become a distraction for the club, which suggests he should be given a new deal prior to the season. However, if you do not believe that the manager’s status will be a major issue to the players, it might make sense to wait until the end of the season, as he currently has an immense amount of leverage. A good season is unlikely to increase his leverage by much, but a weaker year could help the Yankees in negotiations.
What are your thoughts on this issue? Chime in below.
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