PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 18: Manager Joe Girardi #28 of the New York Yankees looks on from the bench during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 18, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
The Yankees have been in the news a lot recently, and not for many good reasons. GM Brian Cashman has been under fire, alongside manager Joe Girardi, who is in his 9th season with New York. Many fans and members of the media have called for coaches, including Girardi, to be fired.
While this season hasn’t fulfilled our expectations (yet), it is important to note that Joe Girardi will be managing his 1500th game today, including his stint with the Marlins. There are ten other managers who have coached for at least 1500 games, and Girardi has the best winning percentage (.555) out of all of them. In today’s world of sports, people in leadership roles do not last long if on-field production is low, which supports the fact that Joe Girardi is one of the more successful managers in baseball, and the most consistent.
Yes, this season has been a disappointment SO FAR. But finding a consistently successful manager is hard to come by, just ask the Cubs, who have had six different managers in the time that Girardi became a manager in 2006. Girardi is still one of the best in the game, and the numbers back that up.