Yankees: Former manager Joe Girardi has a new job

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After 10 seasons at the helm of the Yankees, Joe Girardi will return to television as an analyst this season for the MLB Network.

Did you know that Joe Girardi is the sixth-winningest manager in Yankees history? That’s right, his 910 wins are more than Billy Martin, Lou Pinella and Stump Merrill combined.

Obviously, longevity had a lot to do with his success, but it’s about time fans and media alike begin to give Girardi credit, where credit is due.

Being tabbed as the one to replace the second-winningest manager in club history, Joe Torre (1173 wins), was a task not many would have been up to.

Beating out fan favorite Don Mattingly for the position back in 2008 was the first uphill battle of many Girardi faced — to win over a fan base that was once again used to winning World Championships.

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Now, Girardi pivots back to a semi-familiar post, as he previously spent one year with the YES Network, following his firing from the then, Florida Marlins.

In a statement released by the MLB Network, Girardi said:

"“I’m really excited to join MLB Network and to have a chance to talk about the game that I love so much.”"

It’ll be fun to watch Girardi talk about his former team, especially if and when he is presented with the opportunity to analyze poor play and the like.

According to the Sporting News, Girardi could make his ‘MLB Tonight’ debut as early as Wednesday night at 6 p.m. I fully expect the 53-year-old ex-catcher to be ratings gold.

It’s ironic that Girardi will once again get paid to talk baseball. Not because he isn’t good at it — on the contrary, he’s very articulate and truly knows the game inside and out.

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Instead, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman let it be known that the main reason Girardi wasn’t re-signed as skipper was because he lacked the ability to communicate with players.

Hopefully, Girardi uses this as a springboard to eventually get back in the dugout, if he so chooses. So until then, just don’t ask him about his binder — it won’t be making any appearances on your TV set this season.