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Joe Girardi #28

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Full Name:
Joe Girardi
Uniform #:
28

Re-signed to a four-year contract on October 9, 2013, extending through the 2017 season… was named the 32nd manager in club history on October 30, 2007, becoming the 17th Yankees manager to have played for the club and fourth former Yankees catcher to skipper the team (also Bill Dickey, Ralph Houk and Yogi Berra)… was re-signed to a three-year contract on October 29, 2010, that concluded following the 2013 season.

At the Helm in 2013
Guided the Yankees to an 85-77 (.525) finish, tied with Baltimore for the third-best record in the AL East behind Boston (97-65, .599) and Tampa Bay (92-71, .564). Earned his 557th win as Yankees manager on 9/11 at Baltimore, surpassing Billy Martin (556) for sole possession of sixth place on the club's all-time managerial wins list. Earned his 600th managerial win on 7/1 at Minnesota… won his 500th game as Yankees manager on 5/10 at Kansas City, reaching the mark in 84 games and becoming the fifth-fastest in club history to reach the milestone behind Casey Stengel (790 games), Joe McCarthy (796 games), Joe Torre (833 games) and Miller Huggins (833 games). Managed his 1,000th career game on 5/3 vs. Oakland (2-0 loss)… his .566 (642-492) career managerial winning percentage is the highest by any skipper with at least 1,000 games managed since Hall of Famer Earl Weaver tallied a 1,480-1,060 (.583) mark over a 17-year managerial career (1968-82 and '85-86). Was ejected twice (8/18 win at Boston by Brian O'Nora and 5/31 win vs. Boston by Vic Carapazza)… has been ejected 23 times in his career during the regular season, 20 times as a manager (18 as Yankees manager) and 19 times as a Yankee (also 8/6/99 as a player)… was also ejected in 2012 ALCS Game 2 vs. Detroit by 2B Umpire Jeff Nelson. At 48 years old, was the fifth-youngest manager in the Majors in 2013, behind Houston's Bo Porter (41), St. Louis' Mike Matheny (43), Seattle's Eric Wedge (45) and Chicago-AL's Robin Ventura (46).

Managerial/Coaching Career
Enters his seventh season as Yankees manager in 2014 with a 564-408 (.580) record, the Majors' best mark since 2008. Since taking over in 2008, the Yankees lead the Majors with a .986 fielding percentage. Ranks sixth on the Yankees' all-time managerial wins list (564), trailing Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944). Was the only manager to take his team to the postseason each year from 2009-12. Joins Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre as the only Yankees skippers to lead the club to at least four consecutive postseasons. Appeared in 39 career postseason games as a player, most among all current American League managers… among Major League managers who concluded the 2013 season with their respective teams, only Cincinnati's Dusty Baker (40) appeared in more postseason games as a player. Is one of only four Yankees managers to record at least 95 wins in four-or-more consecutive seasons (2009-12), along with Joe McCarthy (1936-39), Casey Stengel (1949-57) and Joe Torre (2001-06)… only five other Major League managers have accomplished the feat: Sparky Anderson (1972-76 w/ Cincinnati), Frank Chance (1906-10 w/ Chicago-NL), Bobby Cox (1996-2000 w/ Atlanta), Connie Mack (1928-31 w/ Philadelphia) and Billy Southworth (1941-45 w/ St. Louis). Guided the 2012 Yankees to an AL-best 95-67 (.586) finish, the third-best record in the Majors behind Washington (98-64, .605) and Cincinnati (97-65, .599). Earned his 500th career win as manager on 6/15/12 at Washington … earned his 420th win as Yankees manager on 6/12/12 at Atlanta, surpassing Clark Griffith (419) for sole possession of seventh place on the Yankees' all-time managerial wins list… reached 400 wins as Yankees manager on 5/8/12 vs. Tampa Bay. Guided the 2011 Yankees to the best record in the AL (97-65, .599), owning at least a share of first place in the AL East for 98 days, including each of the final 26. Managed his 500th game with the Yankees in 4/17/11 win vs. Texas, becoming the ninth manager in franchise history to reach the plateau (also Clark Griffith, Ralph Houk, Miller Huggins, Billy Martin, Joe McCarthy, Buck Showalter, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre)… only Houk, McCarthy and Stengel had a better record than Girardi (296-204) through their first 500 games as Yankees manager-credit: Elias. The 2011 squad became the fourth team in Baseball history to record at least 220HR and 140SB, joining Colorado (1996), Toronto (1998) and Texas (2009). Guided the 2010 Yankees to the second-best record in the AL (95-67) and back to the postseason, falling to Texas in the ALCS… the club led the Majors with 48 come-from-behind wins… did not lose more than four straight games and was the last team in the Majors to be swept in a series of at least three games (9/10-12 at Texas). Led the Yankees to their 27th World Championship in 2009 in his second season, becoming the ninth Yankees manager to win a World Series… was his postseason managerial debut… joined Ralph Houk and Billy Martin as the only three Yankees to play for and manage a Yankees World Championship team… joined Houk, Bob Lemon and Casey Stengel as the only four Yankees managers to win a World Series in their first postseason as a manager. Led the club to a Major League-best 103-59 regular season record in 2009, their most wins since 2002 (103-58)… became the eighth Yankees manager to collect at least 100 wins in a full season, joining Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Ralph Houk, Billy Martin, Dick Howser and Joe Torre… joined McCarthy, Houk, Martin and Howser as the only five Yankees skippers to accomplish the feat within their first two full seasons with the team… finished third in AL Manager of the Year voting with 3 total points, including four first-place votes. The Yankees' 11 total wins in 2009 (including postseason) tied their second-most ever in a single year behind the 125 victories of the 1998 squad (also 11 wins in 1927)… was a member of the 1998 Yankees (114-48), becoming the only active Major League manager at the time to both play for and manage teams that won at least 100 games in a season and won a World Series, according to Elias… became the only Major League manager in the 2000s to lead a team to 100-or-more regular season wins and a World Series title. Earned his 200th career managerial win on 6/7/09 vs. Tampa Bay… earned his 100th win as Yankees manager on 4/29/09 at Detroit. Led the Yankees to an 89-73 record in 2008 in his first season as the club's skipper… was one of only two managers (also the Angels' Mike Scioscia) whose team did not lose more than four consecutive games during that season… won his Yankees managerial debut on 4/1/08 vs. Toronto. Earned his 100th career managerial win on 5/22/08 vs. Baltimore … was ejected by HP umpire Chris Guccione in the bottom of the ninth inning. Was named the 2006 NL "Manager of the Year" by the BBWAA and the Sporting News… guided the Florida Marlins to a 78-8 record in his first season as a Major League manager… since the award was established in 1983, became one of only three men in either league to win the honor in their managerial debuts: also Houston Astros' Hal Lanier (1986) and the San Francisco Giants' Dusty Baker (1993)… at the age of 41, became the youngest manager in Marlins history (previously 47-year-old John Boles in 1996)… was named Marlins manager just two seasons after retiring as a player prior to the 2004 campaign, marking the shortest time between being an active player (2003) and making a managerial debut (2006) since 1987, when both John Wathan (Kansas City) and Larry Bowa (San Diego) became managers after last playing during the 1985 season. Became the first manager in the Modern Era (since 1900) to improve his club's record above .500 after falling at least 20 games below the .500 mark during the same season… the Marlins were a season-low 20 games under .500 on 5/21 (11-31), but then went 62-41 through 9/12 to improve to 73-72… the only other Major League team to return to the .500 mark after falling 20 or more games below was the 1899 Louisville Colonels (managed by Fred Clarke), who were 22 games under at 16-38 and improved to 72-72-3 before finishing with a record of 75-77-3. Managed Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter on 9/6/06 vs. Arizona… was the fourth no-hitter in Marlins history and the fourth no-hitter that Girardi has been a part of, having caught two (Dwight Gooden's on 5/14/96 and David Cone's perfect game on 7/18/99) and been a teammate in one (David Wells' perfect game on 5/17/98)… according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Girardi became the first person since Jeff Torborg to both catch and manage a no-hitter… Torborg managed Wilson Alvarez's no-hitter on 9/11/91 with the White Sox after catching no-hitters by Sandy Koufax (perfect game, 9/9/65), Bill Singer (7/20/70) and Nolan Ryan (5/15/73). Made his coaching debut in 2005, as bench coach and catching instructor on Joe Torre's Yankees staff… assisted in guiding the Yankees to a 95-67 (.586) record and the American League East title.

Playing Career
Played parts of 15 seasons as a catcher in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs (1989-92 and 2000-02), Colorado Rockies (1993-95), New York Yankees (1996-99) and St. Louis Cardinals (2003)… was a member of three World Series Championship teams in New York (1996, 1998-99) and played in a total of six postseasons with the Cubs (1989), Rockies (1995) and Yankees (1996-99). In 1,277 career Major League games, batted .267 (1,100-for-4,127) with 45 runs, 186 doubles, 36HR and 422 RBI, finishing with a .991 career fielding percentage while throwing out 27.6% of potential base stealers… batted .18 (21-for-114) with 2 triples and 1RBI in 39 career postseason games. Saw his first Major League action in 1989 as the Cubs' Opening Day catcher… was the first rookie catcher to start a season opener for the Cubs since Randy Hundley in 1966… was selected to Baseball Digest's All-Rookie Team… played in four games of the 1989 NL Championship Series against San Francisco, recording one hit. Played his first full big league season in 1990… stole eight bases, the most by a Cubs catcher since Gabby Hartnett's 10 in 1924… ranked second among NL catchers in assists (61) and threw out 33.3% of baserunners attempting to steal (38-of-114). On 8/7/91, in his first game back after missing nearly four months with a strained lower back, suffered a broken nose in a home plate collision with the Phillies' John Kruk. Was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 19th pick in the Expansion Draft from the Cubs… established career highs with 8HR, 55RBI and 63R in 1995 with the Rockies. Was acquired by the Yankees on 11/3/95 from the Rockies in exchange for LHP Mike DeJean… hit a career-high .29 with 2HR and 45 RBI for the 1996 World Series Champions… stole 13 bases, marking the highest total among big league catchers and a record for a Yankees catcher… stole home on the front end of a double steal on 4/11 vs. Kansas City, becoming the first Yankees catcher to steal home since Jake Gibbs on 7/13/68… had two triples during the 1996 postseason, including a run-scoring three-base hit off Greg Maddux in Game 6 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. Was the catcher for Dwight Gooden's no-hitter on 5/14/96 vs. Seattle… in his final season as a player with the Yankees, caught David Cone's perfect game on 7/18/99 vs. Montreal… had a career-high 7RBI on 8/23/99 in a 21-3 victory at Texas, going 4-for-6 with 2 doubles and 1 triple. Rejoined the Cubs organization in 2000 and earned his first and only trip to an All-Star Game that season in Atlanta as a replacement for the injured Mike Piazza (did not play)… when he homered on 5/2/00 vs. Houston off Jose Lima, it was his first Cubs home run since 5/8/92… only one player, Billy Jurges (nine years, 1938-47), had a longer span between homers with the Cubs. Recorded his 1,000th Major League hit on 5/27/01 vs. Milwaukee off Jimmy Haynes - a seventh-inning, gamewinning, two-run double. Was one of the Cubs' co-captains in 2001 and 2002. Played his final career game on 9/28/03 at Arizona with the St. Louis Cardinals… his single in the ninth inning off the Diamondbacks' Edgar Gonzalez gave him 1,100 career hits.

Personal/Miscellaneous
Graduated high school in 1982 from the Spalding Institute (Ill.), where he was an All-State selection in baseball. Graduated from Northwestern University in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering… was a three time Academic All-American and two-time All-Big 10 selection at catcher… was elected to the College Sports Information Directors Hall of Fame on 7/1/07, becoming the first former Major Leaguer to be enshrined… also received the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Northwestern University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences… received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award on 1/14/10, recognizing the personal achievements of a college graduate 25 years following their collegiate athletic career. Established his own charity, Catch 25, which is dedicated to providing support to families and individuals across the country who have been challenged with ALS, Alzheimer's, cancer and fertility issues … Catch 25 provides assistance through scholarships, financial aid and charitable donations and is devoted to serving children and adults that may not otherwise have the financial and emotional support they need… his father, Jerry, passed away in 2012 following a long bout with Alzheimer's… hosts the annual "Remember When, Remember Now" benefit along with Michael Kay in New York City, helping raise funds for his charity and Alzheimer's research. Helped assemble thousands of comfort packs for troops for Veterans Day, along with Bank of America, in each of the last four years (2010-13)… collected donations at the Yankees' annual holiday food drive in December 2010 and 2011. Received the Community Leadership Award from the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at its annual "Forget-Me-Not" gala on 6/1/09. Received the Sweetwater Clifton "City Spirit" Award from the New York Knicks on 11/22/09 for serving as a good Samaritan by stopping to aid a stranded motorist on his way home following the final game of the World Series… also honored in 2009 as the March of Dimes "Sportsman of the Year" … was honored at the 2007 Lou Gehrig Sports Award Benefit Dinner… was the recipient of the Ben Epstein "Good Guy Award" in 1997, presented annually by the New York chapter of the BBWAA. Joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Roberto Clemente, Jr. in placing the first "pitch" on 7/29/08 at the Third Annual Gracie Mansion Tee Ball Game… hosted by the Mayor's Office, Little League Baseball and the Roberto Clemente Foundation, the game featured five teams, one from each New York City borough and promoted youth exercise as well as team-building sports. Unveiled a granite sidewalk marker in the Canyon of Heroes on 6/15/10 with the Alliance for Downtown New York, commemorating the Yankees' ticker-tape parade to honor the team's 27th World Series title. Following his retirement as a player, joined the YES Network as an analyst and won an Emmy Award for hosting YES' Kids on Deck series… rejoined YES in 2007, working as an analyst… worked with FOX during the regular season and postseason in '07… was a member of ESPN Radio's team for the 2003 NL Division Series. He and his wife, Kim, have three children, Serena, Dante and Lena… Kim has hosted several charitable events at Yankee Stadium, including fundraisers for stomach cancer research in which fans could purchase blue hair extensions and mohawks.

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