Apr 4, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) against the Tampa Bay Raysworks out during batting practice prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

WFAN radio host Mike Francesa and a caller got into a red-hot discussion Tuesday about whether New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is a good manager or not. 

WFAN’s Mike Francesa always seems to get a ton of shade for being ignorant, dismissive, boring and downright wrong about certain topics. On Tuesday, however, the 63-year old was spot on in regards to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

Frank in Waterbury called Mike and started off by saying he’s happy with the way the Yankees are playing right now, but that he “can’t stand Girardi.”

Apparently, Frank was not happy with how the only manager in baseball with winning seasons in each of the past nine years sat Greg Bird the night after he went 3-for-3 with his first home run in two years. On a side note, Bird owned the 11th-highest strikeout rate against left-handed pitchers in 2015 (min. 40 PA).


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The caller then went on to call Girardi a “micromanager” and said that the Yankees’ skipper since 2008 “does dumb things.” Francesa then took over and completely squashed the stupidity. If winning with a roster full of mediocrity is dumb, then I don’t know what’s smart.

I never usually agree with the long-time radio host, but in this case, it’s hard to debate with him on this topic. Girardi owns the highest winning percentage of the group of 11 managers with 900 or more wins and is one of the major reasons why the Yankees have yet to have a losing season since 1992.

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  • Ray Amore

    Good for the Pope in speaking out against another critic of Girardi. For years, we have listened to so many” experts” call for the heads of Yankee baseball people without any experience or insight of their own. The game is so difficult to play, filled with so many constantly changing variables, that if any of these critics held the reins, at best, they would freeze up with indecision.

  • Kerin Van Amburgh

    Girardi is the only reason the Yankees hung around in the wild card chase last season. The Yankees had a collection of stiffs on their roster and somehow Joe kept them in contention. I personally think he’s been getting the best out of his teams. There’s always the critics though.