Girardi gets spring visit from Hal
Manager enjoys chatting with co-chairman about Yankees
TAMPA, Fla. -- Hal Steinbrenner quietly slipped in and out of Joe Girardi's office on Saturday morning, in what figured to be the first of many meetings with the Yankees' manager.
The club's managing general partner and co-chairman sat down with Girardi before a workout for pitchers and catchers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Senior vice president Felix Lopez also attended the meeting.
"It was great -- just talking about players and our club a little bit," Girardi said. "We talked a little bit about last year, and it was good."
Later, Girardi joined principal owner George M. Steinbrenner and Lopez on the fourth floor of the stadium complex, watching a high school game between Berkley Prep and Tampa Prep.
Girardi said that Hal Steinbrenner was interested in hearing about some of the younger players that the Yankees have in camp this spring.
"I was telling him, 'There's a lot of good young arms here,'" Girardi said. "Camp to me is usually kind of quiet until the life gets here, and the life is the position players."
Girardi is entering his third year as the Yankees' manager and said that he has forged a "very good" relationship with Steinbrenner, who heads the ownership group with his older brother, general partner and co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner.
"When Hal comes down, the conversations are very meaningful," Girardi said. "They're right to the point and we talk a lot of baseball. It's great. ... I feel like we're always on the same page. He's very open. The conversations are usually very constructive."
Girardi reiterated that he is secure with his contract status for 2010. His deal is set to expire after the season, along with those for Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, but Girardi said that he understands ownership's stance to not negotiate at this time.
"We don't do extensions in the beginning of the year, the middle of the year," Girardi said. "My biggest concern is what we do this year. I've said all along that I feel fortunate to be one of 30 managers in the big leagues with a contract."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.