When former Yankee manager, Joe Girardi, wasn’t offered a contract after leading the club to the ALCS last season, most knew it wouldn’t be long before he found a new job. Although he won’t be managing a team this season, Girardi will join MLB Network as a studio analyst as reported by the Sporting News‘ Michael McCarthy.
“I’m really excited to join MLB Network and to have a chance to talk about the game that I love so much,” Girardi said in a statement released by MLB Network.
The 53 year old Girardi made it clear he wants to manage again, but due to the Yankees lengthy playoff run, there weren’t many jobs left for him. Joining MLB Network allows Girardi to recharge after his ten year managerial tenure with the Yankees. MLB Network’s studios are also located in Secaucus, NJ, near Girardi’s New York home.
Following a 14-year playing career, Girardi managed the Florida Marlins for one season winning Manager of the Year. Girardi replaced Joe Torre as Yankee manager in 2008, winning the World Series in 2009. During his ten years with the Yankees Girardi went 910-710, a .562 winning percentage.
No stranger to broadcasting, the former manager joined the YES Network in 2004 and 2007, as well as working for FOX during the 2006 World Series. According to McCarthy, Girardi is expected to make his MLB Network debut tonight (Wednesday) at 6pm, joining Mike Lowell, Bill Ripken and Greg Amsinger on MLB Tonight.