The older brother of Joe Girardi says that while his younger sibling hasn’t discussed his baseball future with him and whether he has the desire to return to manage the Yankees for an 11th season if offered a new deal, the team’s Baby Bomber talent is one factor that may have Girardi yearning to come back to the Bronx.
“He’s very excited about this team,” George Girardi, a Fort Collins, Colo. physician told the Daily News on Wednesday. “He hasn’t discussed his situation much with me, but I know Joe thinks this Yankees team has a lot of talent, and a chance to possibly win at least a couple World Series titles.”
Girardi and Yankee general manager Brian Cashman both have expiring contracts at the end of the month, but after this year’s playoff run that ended with a Game 7 Yankee loss to Houston in the ALCS, it would seem a likelihood that the Bombers would want both men back — Cashman is the architect behind the Baby Bomber movement of young stars, while Girardi steered a club deep into the postseason after the Yankees were not predicted to be playoff contenders for another couple years.
George Girardi said he knows one thing for certain — his younger brother is not out for another big paycheck from the Yankees or any other team that might pursue him if the Bombers don’t extend an offer.
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“It’s not about the money for Joe. Whether the Yankees want him back or not, I know he wants to manage, but he would never make it about money,” said George Girardi. “He’s comfortable enough if he never works again.”
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Joe Girardi’s four-year, $16 million deal is up Oct. 31, and the 53-year-old took over the pinstriped managing reins before the 2008 season, the last at the old Yankee Stadium. Yankee owner Hal Steinbrenner said during the postseason on the “Michael Kay Show” that he would not make a decision on Girardi’s and Cashman’s future until after the season.
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