Yankees Turning To Girardi

The New York Yankees have decided on Joe Girardi to replace Joe Torre. In picking Girardi, who won manager of the year honors in his only season as Florida Marlins manager, the Yankees are passing over veteran bench coach Don Mattingly, who has no managerial experience.

Ray Schulte, the agent for Mattingly, says the man nicknamed "Donnie Baseball" is "extremely disappointed that he's not the Yankees choice.

The Yanks and Girardi's representatives are working on the contract length and terms.

Girardi played for the Yankees from 1996 to 1999 and served as bench coach in 2005. He skippered the Marlins in 2006 and was named National League manager of the year. He was fired after clashing
with owner Jeffrey Loria.

Girardi has a tough act to follow. Torre managed the Yanks to 12
postseason appearances and four World Series titles in his 12 seasons.


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