6. Joe Girardi
If it was not for the forthcoming prestige, Girardi could have been ranked higher based on managing capabilities. As far as extracting the maximum potential from a team, the former catcher can be viewed as one the best the organization has hired.
In today’s age of baseball, he has perfectly adapted to the new usage of a bullpen, receiving only the best the best year in and year out.
Entering his 10th year as Yankees’ manager in 2017, he sports a record of 819-639, making him the sixth-winningest manager in franchise history.
If you take 2013, 2014, and 2016 as samples of Girardi’s ability to manage a team, he would earn a high-paying gig with any club. Despite managing non-playoff teams in those years, he turned inevitable losing clubs into shocking postseason contenders.
His 2009 World Series title solidified his legacy, christened a new ballpark, and likely kept him in his position — one he still holds to this day.