Giuliani tells TMZ Sports Joe was a HUGE overachiever this season - taking a team picked to be sub-.500 one win away from the World Series - so he doesn't get why Girardi would get the axe.
"With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back", Girardi told WFAN upon learning of his fate on Thursday morning. His four-year, $16 million contract is set to expire toward the end of the month. "Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we've made a decision to pursue alternatives for the managerial position". He was a member of the 1996, 1998 and 1999 World Series championship teams as a player, and guided the Yankees to their 27th World Series in 2009 as manager. His overall record at the team's helm was 910-710.
"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".
While the 53-year-old did lead the Yankees on an unexpectedly deep playoff run, his post-season was marred by a managerial mistake during a Game Two loss to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series.
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The question now turns to who will manage the Yankees in 2018.
After the news broke, general manager Brian Cashman released a statement in which he thanked Girardi for his years of service to the team. "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".
Rudy was so surprised by Girardi getting the boot, he even speculated that it might've been Joe's call to take some time off.
What's the next move for Girardi? After the 2007 season, Mattingly was one of the three finalists to replace Torre, along with current Yankees bench coach Tony Pena.