Joe Girardi is preparing to enter his second season as a television analyst after 10 managing the Yankees, and while he is in no hurry to get back into a major-league dugout, he does hope to do so eventually.
“I do want to manage again, but I’m going to do another year of TV at MLB,” he told Newsday on Wednesday, shortly after recording an interview of Mariano Rivera for MLB Network’s Hall of Fame announcement coverage on Tuesday.
“I really enjoy it, so I’m going to spend another year working at MLB and possibly doing some games as well with Fox and I’m excited about the year. I do want to manage again, though. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
Girardi reportedly was the Reds’ first choice as manager after last season, but he decided to remove himself from consideration. He reportedly interviewed with the Rangers.
Asked whether he would be open to joining a team that changes managers during the season, Girardi said, “I think when you’re a manager you’re open to do it at any time it comes your way. You’re always going to be open to that idea.
“It’s not like there are 2,000 of these jobs that are all over the place that you can go get. There are 30. I’ve worked a few places. I’m open whenever.”
Girardi, 54, said his family is ready for him to get back into the fray.
“They love having me around, but they also loved me managing,” he said. “They miss me managing. They want me to go manage again. They love it.”
For now, though, TV it is. “I do enjoy it,” he said. “I’ve always said when I was done managing and when it was out of my blood that I did want to work in TV. I’ve worked in TV in between jobs because I enjoy it very much. And MLB is a great place to work. It’s a lot of fun.”
The Yankees won 100 games in their first season under Aaron Boone, but they advanced only to the ALDS after reaching the ALCS under Girardi in 2017, losing to the Astros in seven games.
“They had a great season,” Girardi said. “They ran into the buzz saw like some other teams did further down the road. The Red Sox were a great team last year. They were truly a great team that did whatever it took to win.”