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‘Disappointed’ Joe Girardi ‘surprised’ by Yankees cutting him loose

Joe Girardi finally has discussed at length his dismissal by the New York Yankees, saying he was “disappointed” and “surprised” by the move.

Girardi had a 910-710 career record in 10 years as Yankees manager and presided over a 2009 World Series championship. But the writing regarding Girardi’s future arguably was on the wall when the Yankees opted not to extend his contract sooner, allowing it to expire at season’s end. It appears even the Yankees’ remarkable run to the ALCS wasn’t enough to save his job.

And for all those reasons, Girardi cannot quite wrap his head around being let go.

“Disappointment,” Girardi told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal of his reaction to the decision. “I think there’s always hurt. Whenever you feel someone doesn’t want you, there’s going to be hurt. But I understood. I understand that this has happened to managers who have achieved a lot more than I have.”

Girardi also discussed learning his fate from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

“It was fairly quick. Brian told me as an organization they had decided to go in a different direction,” Girardi said. “We talked for a few minutes and we talked later on for a little bit longer. For me, there was disappointment because I kind of wanted to finish what we had started this year. And I was looking forward to the growth of the organization, the young players, the more young players with the veterans we had.”

More than anything, though, Girardi expressed regret over not being able to be part of what the Yankees started this season.

“I was surprised. With the year that we had and the progress the team had made, I thought I would be back,” Girardi said. “Obviously, there is a ton of talent there, a ton of great young talent. I was excited about that. I thought I’d be back.”

The Yankees arguably made a risky, although calculated, risk in not bringing back Girardi. However, many pundits and the like either were not shocked by the move, with some even suggesting it was time for Girardi to go.