The New York Yankees with Joe Girardi at the helm where one game away from playing in the World Series, but apparently that doesn't matter much when it comes to keeping your job in the Bronx.
Girardi Thursday morning announced in an email to local media in New York that his tenure as the manager of the Yankees was over.
"With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back. I'd like to thank the Steinbrenner family for believing in me and giving me this wonderful opportunity. I would like to thank Brian Cashman and his staff for hiring me and always trying to improve the team. I would like to thank my coaches and support staff for their dedication to always trying to make the players better and get the most out of them. I would like to thank the training staff and the strength coaches for their tireless efforts of trying to keep the players on the field and healthy. I would like to thank the clubhouse personnel for making the clubhouse our home away form home. I would like to thank the players for the relationships that we have fostered over the last 10 years but most important, how hard they played every day. I would like to thank Damon Oppenheimer and his staff for their hard work in trying to find us the best players available in the draft. I would like to thank the Minor League staff for developing these young players. I would like to thank Ben Tuliebitz for making our travel easy and always taking care of our families. I want to thank the media for always being fair with me and helping grow this wonderful game. Finally, I'd like to thank the fans for their great support as a player, coach and manager and the lasting memories of their passion and excitement during the playoff games, especially the final six games which will remain in my heart forever."
Later on, Brian Cashman released the following statement:
"I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization. Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we've decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position. 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 has a tireless work ethic, and put his heart into every game he managed over the last decade. 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."
In 10 years as the manager of the "Bronx Bombers", Girardi won a World Series and took the Yanks to the postseason on six occasions.
A former teammate and player for Girardi, Derek Jeter, said this about the now ex-Yankees manager:
" I've played with Joe. He was a coach, manager. He's probably one of the nicest people you'll ever meet. And it's unfortunate, but this is a business. You learn that. I think when you first come up as an athlete, as a professional athlete, when you're younger you're just playing the game. The longer you play you realize this is starting to become a business. So there's some things at times are unpopular or not popular but it's part of the business."
It is unknown what Girardi will do now, whether he will manage again, take some time off, go to broadcasting or some other job.