Joe Girardi, Manager, New York Yankees
Date of Birth: 10/14/1964
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois
College: Northwestern University
Joe Girardi, manager of the New York Yankees since 2008, began his major league baseball career as a catcher in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs. He played for the Cubs for four seasons before moving to the Colorado Rockies in 1993. Three years later, Girardi was traded to the New York Yankees, serving as their regular catcher through four seasons, including through three World Series (1996, 1998, 1999). Girardi went back to the Chicago Cubs in 2000 and played with them until 2003, when he switched to the St. Louis Cardinals for what turned out to be his last season as a player.
After retiring as a baseball player, Girardi became a broadcaster for a few years, including having a stint for MLB and Fox. In 2005, Girardi returned to baseball as a bench coach for the Yankees. The following year, the Florida Marlins hired him as the team's manager.
Although Girardi didn't lead the Marlins to victory, he was named National League Manager of the Year for his accomplishments with the team. However, a disagreement with the Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria, cost Girardi his job.
In 2007, Girardi went back to broadcasting. At the end of the season, he was hired by the Yankees to replace Joe Torre as manager of the New York team. In his first season as manager, in 2008, Girardi led the Yankees to a third place finish in the American League East division with a win-loss record of 89-73. The following year, the Yankees won the World Series. Although the Yankees haven't won the World Series since 2009, Girardi successfully led them to the playoffs in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015, finishing in first place in the American League East in 2011 and 2012 and winning the Wild Card position in 2010 and 2015. In 2013, the Yankees finished in third place with an 85-77 record. They had a similar record in 2014, finishing with 84 wins to 78 losses, and they finished in second place in the AL East.
On October 10, 2013, Girardi was given a four year, $16 million contract to continue managing the Yankees. The Yankees made it again to the playoffs in 2015, after winning 87 games and losing 75 in the regular season. They came in second in the American League East division but they won a Wild Card slot. In a one-game playoff with the Houston Astros, the Yankees lost 3-0.
The Yankees failed to make the playoffs in 2016. They finished in fourth place in the AL East division with an 84 to 78 record.
In his nine years as manager, the Yankees have had only winning seasons. Girardi has led the team to 819 wins and 639 losses. As a major league manager for a total of ten years, he has a 897-723 regular season record and a 21-18 postseason record.