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Robinson Cano reportedly did not want to play for Joe Girardi

Joe GirardiThe Seattle Mariners signed Robinson Cano to a 10-year deal worth $240 million on Friday. That was simply more money than the New York Yankees wanted to pay for the dynamic slugger, so they let him walk. It is widely assumed that the decision came down to money and nothing else, but a recent report indicated that there may have been more at play.

According to the NY Post, sources close to Cano claim he did not enjoy playing for Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

“Robbie didn’t like batting second, he wanted to bat in the middle of the order,” a person who knows Cano reportedly told The Post’s George A. King III. “The Yankees wanted him second because that was best for the team. He wanted to hit in the middle of the order to drive in runs [to increase his value].”

Another friend of Cano’s said he simply didn’t like playing for Girardi.

“He told me he didn’t want to play for [Girardi],”  the friend said.

While that may be true, it is not the reason Cano ultimately left the Bronx. The last known offer that the Yankees made to the 31-year-old totaled $175 million, so it’s doubtful that they were going to make an offer that was anywhere close to the $240 million Seattle gave him.

Still, the report is interesting. There has been a lot of talk about Cano missing out on endorsement money and costing himself a chance at winning by signing with the Mariners. In reality, Cano may be happier out west for reasons other than money.

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Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi get into fight (Video)

Buck ShowalterBuck Showalter and Joe Girardi had to be restrained after getting into a fight before the second inning of the New York Yankees-Baltimore Orioles game on Monday night.

The argument occurred after Girardi had words with Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson. Girardi apparently thought Dickerson was relaying signs — possibly pitch locations — to Baltimore’s batters, and said something to him about it. Showalter came out of the Orioles dugout to try confronting Girardi, who also came out.

Showalter could be seen doing a “cut that out” gesture and yelling “F— that s—” to Girardi, who also had to be held back.

Girardi seemed to be in agreement with Showalter somewhat, because he was saying “I know” to Showalter.

“There was something that I saw, and I’m just going to leave it at that,” Girardi said after the game.

The game was tied 1-1 at the time of their fight. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the whole thing is that Showalter managed to do all that yelling without swallowing his chaw.

Joe Girardi on Ryan Dempster: ‘I wish he had to hit’

Alex Rodriguez Ryan DempsterNew York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected on Sunday night after he went ballistic when Boston Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster blatantly threw at and hit Alex Rodriguez on purpose. Girardi had every right to be upset, as home plate umpire Brian O’Nara could have easily ejected Dempster for the stunt but chose not to.

“Ryan Dempster has hit six guys in the last 320 innings,” Girardi said, via the NY Daily News. “He threw the first ball behind him; intentional. He threw the next one inside, he didn’t hit him, intentional. At some point Brian O’Nora has got to give him a warning. And he should’ve thrown him out of the game is the bottom line.

After watching his team claw its way to a come-from-behind victory, Girardi did not cool down much. He blasted Dempster for trying to take the law into his own hands following the game.

“Ryan Dempster has been a player rep and has been very involved in the union,” the Yanks manager said. “He knows these guys, this is what they decided to do, so you can’t change it just take your pot shots. And you’d have to have your head in the sand with the comments that came from the other side not to know that something might be up. I thought it was handled very poorly and I was upset about yesterday because calls went against us that changed the complexion of the game. Then you have this. It’s just flat wrong.”

Girardi also implied that Dempster would have been plunked if it was a National League game.

“I wish he had to hit,” Girardi said, according to Newsday’s David Lennon. “That’s what I wish.”

Both benches were warned after Dempster hit A-Rod, which meant CC Sabathia would have been ejected immediately in an important game if he tried to retaliate. Some of Dempster’s teammates and even one AL East rival believe Rodriguez has no business playing during his appeal, but the Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place for a reason. You don’t have to defend A-Rod to defend his right to appeal.

Joe Girardi: Managers could use challenges to take pitcher out of rhythm

Joe GirardiMost baseball fans agree that integrating expanded replay review into the game is a good thing for MLB, but there could be some unintended consequences.

MLB owners will vote in November on extending the plays that can be reviewed with instant replay. The expansion will go into effect pending approval from the owners, players, and umpires.

Managers will get the opportunity to challenge one reviewable play from the first through sixth innings, and they will get two more challenges after that. MLB has not finalized the list of reviewable plays, but they should listen to the comments of Joe Girardi when making their decisions.

The New York Yankees manager had an interview with WFAN’s Joe and Evan on Friday and discussed how managers could use expanded replay challenges to their benefit.

“You might even see [managers use challenges] just to take a pitcher out of his rhythm,” Girardi told the hosts. “There’s a lot of things that could go into that. All of us will do what we think is best for our club in a lot of situations.”

Girardi also stressed the importance of the clubhouse video guys for determining whether managers should use challenges. He said you’ll have to trust what your players tell you and what your video assistants recommend.

“[You have to listen to your players] and I believe your video guys are going to have to be pretty quick. I think your video guys are going to become a lot more important because of that,” Girardi said.

I’m not sure how MLB will be able to manage the situation. In tennis, players sometimes use their challenges to give themselves a rest or to similarly try taking an opponent out of rhythm, as Girardi suggests This may be one of the consequences of adding replay, but I think it’s a minor one in comparison to the benefit of getting more calls right.

Thanks to LBS tipster David

Joe Girardi rips White Sox fans for cheering when Alex Rodriguez was hit (Video)

White-Sox-fans-cheer-A-Rod-hitNew York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch during a loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, and the fans in attendance seized the moment. As expected, White Sox fans booed A-Rod mercilessly when he appeared in his first MLB game this season on Monday night. However, Joe Girardi thought they took it too far by cheering when Rodriguez was hit by a pitch.

“There’s something wrong with that,” Girardi said after the game, via CBS New York. “I often think that it starts from the adults. And if it was their child, would they want them to be hit? Because the kids will only repeat what the adults do.”

Girardi has a point. You never want to see fans cheering for injuries under any circumstances, but this seemed pretty harmless. If you watch the video, the fans started cheering once it was obvious A-Rod was fine and he started trotting down the line. The ball barely grazed him. Had he been hit in the head and fallen to the ground, I’d like to think the fans wouldn’t have cheered.

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Joe Girardi literally throws in the towel after Yankees loss (GIF)

The New York Yankees were held to just two hits in a 2-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Thursday, and manager Joe Girardi had seen enough by the end of the game. Girardi literally threw in the towel after his Yankees were KO’d in the contest.

New Jersey’s favorite son Derek Holland allowed just four baserunners while striking out seven Yanks in the complete game shutout. Ichiro and Austin Romine had the hits for the Yanks. It was the first time since 1983 that a left-handed pitcher shutout the Yankees on two-or-fewer hits.

The Yankees have been without starters Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, and Kevin Youkilis for most of the season. Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner hit out of their minds the first month of the season, but it looks like that magic has come to an end. Now, the offense is starting to look the way one should when it includes the likes of Alberto Gonzalez, David Adams, and Austin Romine. The Yankees offense has been rapidly crashing back to earth.

H/T Jimmy Traina
GIF via No Maas

Joe Girardi rips MLB scheduling after second-straight rainout

Joe-Girardi-YankeesThe New York Yankees have not played a game since Tuesday, as their last two games against the Cleveland Indians have been rained out. Playing baseball in April can be challenging, with unpredictable weather lingering throughout many northern states. Joe Girardi thinks the MLB needs to start accounting for that.

After the Yankees’ second-straight rainout in Cleveland on Thursday, Girardi ripped the league for sending teams to places like Cleveland and Minnesota in April when you are only visiting them once.

“I don’t think you can go to cold-weather cities if you only go there one time,” Girardi told reporters, via the NY Daily News. “I think you have to stay within your division the first month. Or, I know teams want night games, but if we would have had a day game today, it gives you a longer window to play the game.

“I mean, it’s snowing in Minnesota and the Mets are there. I don’t know who can make the best snowman.”

Girardi’s argument is that it is much less of a hassle to make up games when you are going to visit a team at least one more time during the remainder of the season. Now, the Yankees and Indians will likely have to play a doubleheader in Cleveland on a mutual off-day. You can see why that would be annoying, but the problem is impossible to avoid around this time of year. The league wants teams to have division games late in the season to create playoff drama. In order to achieve that goal, they’re willing to risk having to put up with some nasty weather.