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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
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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.

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.