The New York Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a four-year contract which will keep him in the Bronx through the 2017 season. Girardi's contract was set to expire this offseason, and he was under consideration for vacant managerial positions with both the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals.
In his six years with the Yankees, Girardi has engineered four postseason berths and the franchise’s 27th World Championship in 2009. The Yankees have gone a Major League-best 564-408 (.580) during his tenure.
Girardi guided the Yankees to an 85-77 finish this season, tying with the Baltimore Orioles for third place in the American League East despite injuries decimating his ballclub. Girardi recorded his 500th victory as Yankees manager earlier in the season. He became the fifth-fastest manager in club history to reach the milestone, accomplishing the feat in just his 844th game as the team’s skipper.
The 48-year-old’s resume is impressive despite just seven years of managerial experience. In 2006, his first season as a Major League manager, Girardi was named the National League “Manager of the Year” after guiding the Florida Marlins to a 78-84 record in his first and only season with the team. Girardi also became the youngest manager in Yankees history to win a World Series at age 45, and just the first to do so in his first postseason as a manager. His 642 career victories rank fifth for the most victories by any manager in their first seven years at the helm.
In 15 Major League seasons as a catcher, Girardi played for the Chicago Cubs (1989-92 and 2000-02), Colorado Rockies (1993-95), New York Yankees (1996-99) and St. Louis Cardinals (2003). He appeared in the postseason six times, winning three World Series titles with the Yankees. He was named to the National League All-Star team with the Cubs in 2000.