Ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi has a new job for 2019Joe Girardi
Former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi will be back on television for the 2019 season. Newsday’s Neil Watch reports Girardi will be an analyst for Fox.
Girardi’s name surfaced several times during the offseason as clubs fired and hired managers.
According to NJ Advance Media’s Brendan Kuty, Girardi pulled himself out of the managerial pool because he wants to see what opens after the 2019 season. “I just decided that I was going to broadcast another year and spend another year with my family, wait to see what opportunities are presented next year and go from there.”
The Yankees parted ways with Girardi after the 2017 season, which ended with a Game 7 loss to the Houston Astros in the ALCS.
Girardi spent 10 seasons as the Yankees skipper and led the club to victory in the 2009 World Series.
He spent the 2018 season as an analyst for MLB Network. Per Kuty:
Girardi said getting to spend time with his family after 10 years helming the Yankees has been “wonderful” and that he’s enjoyed his role as an MLB Network TV analyst. “You feel like you’re part of a team,” he said. “The time with my family has been tremendous. Had a chance to coach my son, see him win a state title. Make up for some lost time with my oldest daughter and be around my youngest daughter, who’s become a really good basketball player. I do a lot of rebounding. But obviously there’s things that I really missed.”
The Yankees replaced Girardi with the unproven Aaron Boone, who transitioned from the broadcast booth to the dugout. He led the Yankees to 100 wins in 2018 and a second-place finish in the American League East.
The Yankees lost to the first-place Red Sox in the American League Division Series, and had to watch as Boston marched to its fourth World Series title in the last 15 years.
By joining Fox, Girardi has the potential to reunite with his former DH/third baseman, Alex Rodriguez, who is part of the network’s pre-game and post-game studio shows.