Yankees: Could Joe Girardi’s job be at stake?

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After bringing home the Yankees 27th World Series championship in 2009, Joe Girardi has failed to maintain that high level of play from his team. Many peaks and valleys have occurred over Girardi’s ten seasons as skipper, but has the team sunk too low?

The Yankees are struggling. No question about it. Their offense has been almost non-existent in August, and their pitching, while dominant as times, has struggled. Something has to change for this team to be successful, and Joe Girardi looks like he might be the scapegoat.

To say Joe Girardi has been a bad manager would not be true. The Pinstripes have not had a losing season under Girardi and barring an absolute meltdown, won’t in 2017. Just because it’s not a losing season doesn’t make that season a success. The 84-78 records produced in 2016 and 2014 were the Yankees worst since their last losing season in 1992, going 76-86 under Buck Showalter.

But the Yankee standard isn’t measured on their record, its measured on postseason success. They have won a World Series back in 2009 under Girardi, but have not made it back since. They have struggled to even make the postseason, let alone the Fall Classic.

Girardi’s first season in the Bronx was 2008, which they failed to reach the postseason. Since their title in 2009, the team has only won two postseason series, in the 2010 and 2012 ALDS. They haven’t even won a postseason game since, losing in 2015 Wild Card Game, their only postseason appearance since 2012.

The four years the Pinstripes have gone without a playoff win is there longest since 13-year drought from 1982-1994. That drought saw 12 different organization managerial changes by The Boss, George Steinbrenner.

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After removing Showalter, the Yankees found success with Joe Torre, winning the World Series in 1996, their first since 1978.  Since then, ownership has been more kind in regards to not firing managers ever week, allowing Girardi to stay on board for so long.

But is it Girardi’s time? After years of failure and postseason struggles, Girardi’s job might be at stake. The team is in the middle of a new movement, seeing a lot of young faces being brought to the Bronx.

The likes of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Luis Severino, and Clint Frazier have blossomed into major contributors for the new Yankees. How much more can the ownership tolerate with Girardi before the Yankees go after a new manager?

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Joe Girardi has done a lot of great things for the Yankees during his ten years as the skipper. He helped bring the World Series title back where it belongs in the Bronx. But it might be time to shake things up, and bring in someone else to lead this team.

Depending on how this season goes, it could be the last time we see Joe Girardi leading the New York Yankees.