The New York Yankees recently made a surprising change.
This change caught many people off guard due to no one seeing it coming. Joe Girardi was let go by the MLB (Major League Baseball) team following their loss to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series.
The ball club made the surprising announcement last week Girardi would not return as manager in 2018, opting instead to allow his contract to expire. There was a report by ESPN.com's Andrew Marchand that stated that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said in a statement that the organization would "pursue alternatives for the managerial position."
In an interview with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Girardi shared his thoughts on the exit. Here is what he had to say:
"I was surprised. With the year that we had and the progress the team had made, I thought I would be back. Obviously, there is a ton of talent there, a ton of great young talent. I was excited about that. I thought I'd be back."
The successful manager suggested that he had no idea that his time with the Yanks was coming to an end prior to the team's decision to move on.
"I think this organization has always been about winning. They exhaust everything they can to win. I thought it was business as usual. We talked about teams we needed to look at in advance-scouting meetings [for the playoffs], talked about rosters. The communication was great."
There were not many people who thought that they would even make the playoffs this year. However, they surpassed the expectation that was set by the insiders. They would go onto to knock off the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS and fell one win short of the World Series after losing to the Astros in seven games in the ALCS.
What’s surprising is how Girardi created new stars this season that ultimately helped the team make it to the playoffs. Young players such as Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino established themselves as some of the fastest-rising stars in the game.
While he was the manager for the ball club for 10 seasons, Girardi went 910-710 with six playoff appearances and one World Series win. The Yanks' record during his tenure was the best of any team in Major League Baseball.