HOUSTON (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi won’t need long to decide his future.
Wrapping up his sixth season with the Yankees at the end of a three-year deal, Girardi said Sunday he wants to discuss his future with his wife and three school-aged children.
“It’s not my personality to drag things out,” said Girardi, speaking before Sunday’s season finale against Houston. “I’ve always been a guy that likes to know what I’m going to do the next day.”
Girardi replaced Joe Torre after the 2007 season and says he hadn’t thought about whether he would be managing his last game for the Yankees. He says he would be up for the challenge of getting to the Yankees back to the playoffs.
The fifth-youngest manager in the majors, Girardi turns 49 on Oct. 14. He was out of managing for a year after leading the Florida Marlins in 2006, when he was selected NL Manager of the Year despite a 78-84 record.
Girardi said his family has not pushed him one way or another.
“We’ve talked about it, but we’ll sit down and actually have a real pow-wow around the dinner table probably is what we’ll do,” he said. “And then we’ll go from there.”
The Yankees made the playoffs in all 12 years under Torre before missing in 2008, Girardi’s first season, and this year.
There’s plenty of roster uncertainty with the retirement of closer Mariano Rivera and left-hander Andy Pettitte, and Derek Jeter and Mark Teixiera dealing with injuries. One area that will be settled this winter: how much of Alex Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension will stick.
“There’s no challenge that really scares me that I would ever shy away from,” Girardi said. “So that has very little impact on its whatsoever.”
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