Joe Girardi reportedly asked Yankees PA announcer not to say A-Rod was being pinch-hit for

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi reportedly went out of his way to try to spare Alex Rodriguez’s feelings during the playoffs.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Girardi called the Yankees public address announcer to have A-Rod’s name omitted from the announcement when Eric Chavez pinch-hit for the aging slugger during the postseason. Typically, pinch hit announcements include both the new batter and the player he is replacing in the lineup. In this case, A-Rod’s name wasn’t mentioned in the stadium.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman reportedly confirmed to Heyman that Girardi made the call.

Rodriguez was pinch-hit for on consecutive nights during the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles. The first time was after he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Game 3. Raul Ibanez replaced him and hit two home runs to help the Yankees win 3-2 in 12 innings. A-Rod seemed to take things fine and was the biggest cheerleader in the dugout after being replaced. Rodriguez was replaced by Chavez the next night after going 1-for-4 with a walk in a 2-1 loss to the Orioles in Game 4.

A-Rod was also pinch-hit for during a 6-4 loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of the ALCS. He was 0-for-3 with a strikeout before Eric Chavez hit for him. Strangely, he also served as a pinch-hitter replacing Ibanez when the Yanks were eliminated in Game 4 of the ALCS. They each went 0-for-2.

Rodriguez spoke positively about Girardi throughout the playoffs despite being replaced by pinch-hitters and eventually benched. He said Girardi had built up a lot of equity with him. It’s considerate moves like this that make us see why A-Rod would feel strongly about his manager.

Say what you want about the whole thing, but that’s a really considerate move by Girardi. It’s nice to hear about another side of him after the August incident.

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Yankees manager Girardi argues with reporter

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi capped an upsetting 5-4 loss to the Orioles on Saturday in Baltimore by getting into an argument with one of the writers who covers the team.

Girardi apparently called New York Post writer Joel Sherman into his office after being frustrated with an exchange the two had during the postgame news conference, and the two began to argue.

In the video below, you can see Girardi answer two questions about pitcher CC Sabathia’s struggles before Sherman jumps into the mix. The Girardi-Sherman exchange that instigated the argument begins at the 3:30 mark:

Here’s how the exchange went:

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Joe Girardi explodes on heckler mid-press conference (Video)

The Yankees lost to the White Sox 2-1 on Wednesday and were swept in a three-game series. In light of the sweep, it’s no surprise that manager Joe Girardi wasn’t in the best of moods after the game. In fact, he even stopped a press conference with reporters to confront a heckler.

“Yankees swept, yes!” the heckler yelled, before Girardi began his press conference.

The heckler continued to yell as Girardi was fielding a question, but the manager stopped mid-answer to go after the heckler and tell him “shut up! I’m doing an interview!”

Impressively, Girardi returned to the press conference and continued his answer right where he left off.

The outburst was out of character for the typically composed manager — it’s not like we’re talking about Lou Piniella or something — so it makes you wonder if there wasn’t some history between the two in a Chris Perez type of situation.

The Yankees are still 72-52 despite the losing streak, but the Rays are closing and only three games back. That could be why Girardi is suddenly feeling the heat.

Video via CSN Chicago, H/T Deadspin

Bobby Valentine blasts Joe Girardi for calling a tie game after 9 innings

With the Red Sox and Yankees locked in a 4-4 tie after 9 innings on Thursday night, Joe Girardi decided his squad was out of gas. The Yankees manager told the umpires he was out of pitchers, so there was no choice but to end the game in a tie. Bobby Valentine would have preferred to keep things going, and after the game he made it clear that he wasn’t buying Girardi’s no pitchers excuse.

“They had plenty of pitching. Probably too long of a ride,” Valentine said according to the Boston Globe. “They could have known that going in.”

Valentine, who had relief pitcher Clayton Mortenson warming up in the bullpen after the Red Sox tied it in the bottom of the ninth, said he didn’t think it was “courteous” that no one consulted his club about calling the game.

“Usually you go over and say, ‘Hey, I don’t have any more,’” Valentine continued. “I don’t know. I haven’t been around in a long time. Joe knows better than I. I guess you just walk off the field. I’m sure (Girardi) didn’t do anything deliberate. It’s just I have to answer a pitcher who’s trying to make the team. That’s why you use that bullpen.’’

The whole situation isn’t really as big of a deal as Valentine is making it out to be, but he has a point about having to disappoint a pitcher who is trying to make the team. If Girardi truly had absolutely no pitchers left, that’s one thing. However, as a pitcher you won’t get many better opportunities to impress the coaches in spring training than a tie game in extra innings innings against the Yankees. Both managers probably should have had a say.

Joe Girardi says the Yankees did not concede the A.L. East in 2010

Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman have differing opinions about how the Yankees season ended in 2010. Once they clinched the A.L. Wild Card spot, New York played their best players sparingly. Many people thought that was the smart thing to do, while others believed they should have continued to challenge the Rays for the A.L. East title. Earlier in the week, Cashman admitted the Yankees allowed the Rays to win the division.

“We conceded the division two years ago because of the previous setup,” Cashman said according to ESPNNewYork.com.

That’s exactly what happened. The Yankees sent minor league pitchers to the mound throughout the last week of the season. In a tie for the division lead with the Rays in the final regular season game of the year, they opted to go with Dustin Moseley over Mariano Rivera. Regardless of the logistics, Girardi does not like the way that sounds.

“I did not concede the division,” New York’s manager said. “What bothers me with that is when it comes out that way, it’s almost like we weren’t trying to win games. Now, when have you ever known me not to try to win a game? You saw how I managed against Tampa, bringing in all the left-handers to face the left-handers, the right-handers to face the right-handers. We had people hurt, and we had to get them healthy. Now, if it’s in the month of May and a guy has to sit down for a week because he’s hurt, no one says you’re taking your foot off the gas.

“But because it’s in the month of September, it was perceived that we weren’t trying to win. That’s not the case. I was trying to win every game. I wanted home-field advantage. I wanted to win our division. But I had a guy with a broken toe, a guy with I think Swish, I’m not sure, what it his knee two years ago? And his elbow last year? I believe that’s what it was. Last year was his elbow, so I had to deal with that.”

The players on the field were trying to win. Girardi wasn’t. Winning a game is ultimately up to the players. They have to execute in order to win. A manager tries to win by putting the best available team on the field in the best available situations. There is no arguing that Girardi did not do that. It was probably wise to rest his best players, but there’s no need to sugarcoat it. The Yankees had no intention of winning the division. If they wanted to win it, they would have.

Joaquin Benoit Had to Remove a Bandage Because it Possessed Superhero Powers

If you’re wondering why baseball is not as popular as it used to be, it’s because they allow nonsense like this to go on:

Honestly, Joe Girardi? You made Joaquin Benoit remove a bandage from his face because it was large and too much of a distraction? Serves you right that he went 1.2 key innings late in the game without allowing a run. That’s what you get for bothering with such menial rubbish.

And while we’re on the subject of Joaquin Benoit, does anyone else think it would have been a good idea for Mark Teixeira to swing 3-0 in the 7th? During the regular season, taking the walk is the right move. But when you’re down to your final seven outs of the season and down by two, I want my slugger taking his best shot on a fastball piped right down the middle. That’s just me.

Anyway, leave it to David Wells to put the bandage idiocy into proper perspective:

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David Ortiz Does Not Flip Bat After Home Run Following Joe Girardi Complaints

David Ortiz has been extremely hot for the Red Sox lately, having hit in eight straight games. He has four home runs and 10 RBIs in that span, and he’s gone deep in both of Boston’s wins over the Yankees this week. Ortiz flipped his bat following a home run in the 5th inning Tuesday, almost as if he was saying “suck it,” and that angered the pinstriped crew.

Ortiz took a brushback pitch later in the game, and there were rumblings he would get hit by a pitch Wednesday to straighten things out. That never happened, but Ortiz learned his lesson after Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he didn’t really care for the bat flip. Even though the offense was minor, it still was classless and Girardi’s reaction was in line. Ortiz said the only reason Girardi didn’t like it is because it happened against his team. He’s right, but that doesn’t make the flip OK. Ortiz apparently learned his lesson.

On Wednesday, David took Yankees starter A.J. Burnett deep in the first inning but he circled the bases without incident. After the game he explained why he fell in line and decided not to flip the bat. Ortiz went off on a rant “I don’t want to be on national news tomorrow. I don’t want to have you guys asking me the same questions. I got almost 370 bombs in the big leagues and everybody wants to make a big deal because I bat flip one of them. [Expletive] that [expletive], man. If I have to make that video on my [expletive], let’s see how many bat flips I got on this [expletive]. Good night.”

That to me is an admission from Ortiz that his reaction was wrong. Nobody wants to be shown up, and Ortiz doesn’t want to pay the price in the form of being dosed by a pitch. He learned his lesson, and hopefully other players will take note. Are you listening, Bryce Harper?