New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, center, and manager Joe Girardi, behind him in uniform, listen as Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez announces during a news conference Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in New York, that Friday, Aug. 12, will be his last game as a player
NEW YORK — The Yankees haven’t won a playoff game since 2012 while their manager and general manager still have jobs.
It sounds like that won’t change.
Yanks owner Hal Steinbrenner said Wednesday at the owners meetings in Houston that Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman figure to be large parts of the Yankees future, one that boast optimism around a group of young players.
Here’s Steinbrenner per Ken Davidoff of the New York Post:
Steinbrenner said he’s excited about next season, and he made it clear that general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will lead those efforts. Both men’s contracts expire after the 2017 season. Steinbrenner credited Cashman for his efforts around the trade deadline, and he acquitted Girardi over this year’s results.
Said Steinbrenner: “Joe could do nothing about the lack of run production.”
Last season the Yankees scored the second-most runs in baseball but in 2016 rank 22nd, with 498 scored. Considering their pitching staff has allowed 536 (11th-most), it’s somewhat shocking that their record is as good as 61-59.
Girardi, who’s paid $4 million annually, has been the Yankees manager since 2008. In those nine seasons he is 796-620 (.562). Cashman, at approximately $3 million per year, has worked for the Yankees since he was 19 years old, and became GM in 1998.
And both don’t appear to be going anywhere. It’s often seemed like Cashman and Steinbrenner have jockeyed this year for who gets the most blame for this troublesome season — Cashman says he put the team together, so it’s his fault; Steinbrenner says he signed off on the deals past and present, so he’s to blame.
The truth is it’s probably a little bit of both — Cashman was the one to pursue outfielder Aaron Hicks, who’s been terrible — and Steinbrenner OK’d some of the bigger signings that haven’t exactly been hits (Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley). But no one person is the reason the Yankees are in fourth place in the American League East.
Fans clamor for Girardi and Cashman to be fired every day. It sounds like they shouldn’t hold their breaths on that.