New York Yankees re-sign manager Joe Girardi

Wed Oct 9, 2013 5:34pm EDT
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By Julian Linden

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Yankees re-signed manager Joe Girardi to a fresh four-year contract on Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation that he was considering leaving Major League Baseball's most successful franchise.

Girardi's future in the Bronx had been the subject of increasing conjecture after the Yankees missed the postseason this year and he was linked with a move back to the Chicago Cubs, where he began his playing career as a catcher in 1989.

But the 48-year-old brought an abrupt end to the rumors when he agreed to a four-year extension as skipper through to the end of the 2017 season.

"I feel very flattered and grateful that I have this opportunity and I look forward to it," Girardi said on a conference call.

Despite reports in the U.S. media that he was considering moving back to Chicago, Girardi said he never even spoke to the Cubs after his wife and children told him they wanted to stay in the Big Apple.

"There were some things that we had to work through but my family played an important role with this," Girardi said.

"We had to decide what was best for all of us ... so we put all that together and we're glad we're back."

Girardi has already been manager of the Yankees - one of the most highly scrutinized jobs in professional sports - for six seasons, steering the pinstripes to a record 27th World Series Championship in 2009.   Continued...

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi watches from the dugout in the ninth inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill