Brian Cashman on Joe Girardi: “He managed a perfect playoff game”

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Not that there was any real question, but because saying such things are apparently necessary whenever the Yankees fail to make a deep playoff run general manager Brian Cashman made it clear that manager Joe Girardi will return in 2016.

Here’s what Cashman told George King of the New York Post:

It’s a fact, nobody should be looking for anybody different. He is signed for two more years and managed the team to the playoffs. It’s not his fault we didn’t hit. He managed a perfect playoff game.

Given how low preseason expectations were for the Yankees simply reaching the playoffs was an accomplishment and as Cashman notes Girardi has two years and $8 million remaining on his contract.

However, according to King changes to Girardi’s coaching staff “are highly likely” one year after hitting coach Kevin Long and first base coach Mick Kelleler were not retained. Long ended up taking a job as the NL East-winning Mets’ hitting coach.

Girardi has a 735-561 (.567) record in eight seasons as Yankees manager and his .558 career winning percentage is the second-best among all active managers behind only Mike Matheny of the Cardinals.