Joe Girardi Should Be Fired at The End Of The Season

Shanan H.Analyst ISeptember 19, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08:  Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice before playing the Tampa Bay Rays on September 8, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Joe Girardi is a bad manager, and he cost the Yankees again last night in Seattle.

Let me put you in the situation:

Two outs, bottom of the ninth, runner on second base, Ichiro up, Mariano Rivera pitching.  The Mariner's have won two in a row on two walk off hits, one by Ichiro, and he's had one other this week.  He is 3-4, and has been picked off twice.  Rivera just let up a double to the Mariner's nine hitter Micheal Saunder's is on second because Mo just left a cutter hanging.   Pitch to him, or walk him?

I told my dad they should walk him.  I knew bad things would happen...

Stop!  First pitch, Ichiro sails one into right field, just missing the upper deck.


Another hanging cutter.

Here's the worst part:  The song that the Mariner's play after they wingot stuck in my head and I went to sleep involuntarily listening to it.

So as I went to sleep, all I could think was 'nah nah darn Girardi, nah nah nah nah nah nah nah naah, Da-arn, Girardi.'

That sucked, too.

That's just another Girardi mistake that has cost the Yankees.  I'd say that Girardi has cost the Yankees at least 20 games this season.

Now, we couldn't fire him now, when the team is playing good.  That would leave a hole at his spot, and why fix what ain't broke?

However, there are better candidates for the job, and I think that they should be looked at this off season. 

The Yankees team is good enough that they don't need great managing, but it needs to be better than it is.

The ultimate situation would be that Joe Torre didn't leave, and the Yankees at this point would have at least 100 wins.  However, the little traitor left New York to manage Manny Sucksmirez and his blue crew.

Yet, sadly that's not the situation.

So who could manage the Yankees in 2010?  Here are some options to look at:

Bob Melvin:  It really wasn't his fault he got fired, that team was built to fail.  He is a great manager who has won manager of the year.  I don't think he would fit in well in the Yankee all-power team.  Probably not a good pick.

Tony Pena:  An option, but I'd prefer Girardi over him.

Clint Hurdle:  A good manager who can do a lot with nothing, he doesn't quite fit in with the Yankee organization. 

Mike Hargrove:  Who's to say he doesn't want to manage profesionally?  In a report recently on a Seattle newstaion, they interviewed him, and he said if someone offered him a job, he just might accept it.  (remember, he retired mid-season one year with the Mariners)  I like his style, and he's a very laid back, good guy for the Yankees.

Bobby Cox:  He would be a perfect match with the Yankees, assuming the Braves don't extend him, the Yankees should definitely try for him, although it would be strange for him to be on the other end of the Braves-Yankees rivalry

Tony La Russa:  No stranger to playoffs and World Series, he uses an unconventional managing style that wouldn't really fit the Yankees.

Bruce Botchy:  He's better than Girardi, but he would be a real back-up option.

So, what should the Yankees do?  I say; fire Girardi, and hire Bobby Cox or Mike Hargrove.