Joe Girardi apparently had no say in whether the New York Yankees retained him as manager.
The team on Thursday announced it would not.
But that doesn’t mean Girardi would have stayed. He said on previous occasions he would review his situation with his family. There was speculation earlier in the season he might resign. But he hung around long enough to be fired.
Speaking with former Jazz coach Frank Layden recently, I asked about Gary Andersen’s resignation at Oregon State. Layden compared him to Girardi.
Layden and Andersen both resigned during the season. Layden, a native New Yorker, quit in December 1988 after 17 Jazz games. Andersen left OSU earlier this month after the Beavers got off to a slow start.
Regarding Andersen, Layden said that in hindsight, “I would have reacted differently. I brought up with my wife how the Yankee manager looked like he was thinking of quitting
“We don’t know what was the reason Gary quit but if I was to talk to Joe Girardi or Gary or whoever, I’d say ‘finish the season.’ I think I made a mistake. Step back and take a little sabbatical. Let the air clear.”
The burnout rate is high in coaching. So is the pay scale.
Which explains why this doesn’t happen more often.