Joe Giradi won’t return to next season to manage the New York Yankees. It was released in an email statement Thursday morning by Giradi that he will not be returning:

This decision came after front office meetings held earlier this week when Giradi’s 4 year $16 million contract had come to an end.

Buster Olney tweeted that sources had told him that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman recommended to owner Hal Steinbrenner that the team change managers.

“As Hal Steinbrenner and I mentioned to Joe directly this week, he has been a tremendous Yankee on the field and away from it, as a player, coach and manager” said Cashman. “He has a tireless work ethic, and put his heart into every game he managed over the last decade. He should take great pride in our accomplishments during his tenure, and I wish Joe and his family nothing but success and happiness in the future.”

In Giradi’s 10 years managing the Yankees, they won the 2009 World Series and made the playoffs six times. As a player, Girardi played for 15 years in the MLB as a catcher, winning three World Series titles in four years.

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