Brian Cashman didn’t think Joe Girardi was cut out for this group of Yankees.
Girardi was let go after 10 years on the job, which included a World Series title and bringing the team to ALCS Game 7 this year, but the Yankees GM saw a manager who was not relating enough with the players.
In his first comments since letting Girardi’s contract expire, Cashman on Monday cited “connectivity and communication level in the clubhouse” as reason to find a new manager.
“The easiest call would be plug and play and continue in a safe harbor arena,” Cashman said on a conference call. “I have never been safe harbor kind of person.”
Cashman disputed reports that his relationship with Girardi had frayed — “It was extremely good — and also combated thought that Girardi was not analytical enough. Instead, Cashman indicated that Girardi’s bond with the players was not strong enough to reenlist him for another season.
Asked if a World Series would have meant a Girardi return, Cashman didn’t directly answer, saying he wouldn’t deal in hypotheticals.
Cashman did not offer a timetable on when the Yankees will have a new manager.
“The most important aspect is steps we take rather than the timeframe we take,” he said.