Joe Girardi

Full Name: Joseph Elliot Girardi
Height: 5-11 Weight: 195 lbs.
Born: October 14, 1964 in Peoria, IL
Major League Career: 1989 to 2003
Managerial Debut: April 2007
NL Manager of the Year in 2007

Year TM/L G W L PCT M/Y W-EXP A-E Standing
2006 FLA-N 162 78 84 0.481   80.3 -2.3 4 East
Totals 1 162 78 84 0.481   80.3 -2.3  

Coaching career

In 2005, after rejecting an offer to become the bench coach of the Florida Marlins with a guarantee to become the team's manager in 2006 (although he would eventually get that job anyway), he became the Yankees' bench coach. He even managed a game during a Joe Torre suspension, which the Yankees lost against the last place Kansas City Royals. Girardi remained the host of Kids on Deck in 2005, having shot his shows before Spring Training. YES promoted Kids on Deck during games by showing Girardi on camera sitting in the dugout during breaks in the game.

Managerial career

After the 2005 regular season, Girardi was named the manager of the Florida Marlins, replacing departed manager Jack McKeon. His first notable action as manager was to prohibit facial hair, which is a policy similar to that of George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees.

As a first-time manager for the Marlins, Girardi guided the team into surprising wild card contention (finishing with a 78-84 record) even though the team had the lowest payroll in Major League Baseball, at approximately $14 million for 2006. Despite the success Girardi achieved in his first year as manager, he was nearly fired in early August when he got into a vocal (and visible) argument with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.

On October 3, 2006, the Marlins announced that they had fired Girardi, presumably because of his rift with Loria. At first, Girardi was thought to be among the leading candidates to replace Yankee manager Joe Torre after a bitter postseason loss, but Torre remained with the Yankees. He was also a candidate for the Chicago Cubs manager position, interviewing for the position just days after leaving the Marlins. With his playing experience in Chicago, he was considered a front-runner for the position even before the season was over. However, the Cubs chose to go with veteran manager Lou Piniella. Girardi took himself out of the running for the Washington Nationals managerial job shortly thereafter and will return to the broadcast booth for the YES network in 2007. Despite Girardi's firing, he was rewarded for his relative success with the Marlins in 2006 with the National League Manager of the Year Award.





Team and League
Games managed (including ties)
Percentage of games won
Manager/Year (The latter number indicates how many managers the team employed that year, while the former indicates the chronological position of the manager [i.e. 1-2 would mean this manager was the first of two managers during that year]).
Expected Wins. Calculated for the team based on its actual runs scored and allowed. A team that allows exactly as many runs as it scores is predicted to play .500 ball.
Actual Wins Minus Expected Wins (A measure of the extent to which a team outperformed (or underperformed) its talent. (Over time this reflects good/bad managing).
Team's final standing for the season or, in the case of multiple managers, the standings at the time the manager departed.