Re-signed to a four-year contract on October 9, 2013, extending through the 2017 season… was named the 32nd manager in club history on October 30, 2007, becoming the 17th Yankees manager to have played for the club and fourth former Yankees catcher to skipper the team (also Bill Dickey, Ralph Houk and Yogi Berra)… was re-signed to a three-year contract on October 29, 2010, that concluded following the 2013 season.
At the Helm in 2016
Guided the Yankees to an 84-78 (.519) finish, placing fourth in the AL East. Is the only current manager to guide his team to winning records in each of the last nine seasons (2008-16)-credit: Elias. His .562 (819-639) managerial winning percentage with the Yankees is the best among the six skippers to manage at least 1,000 regular season games with his current team (San Francisco's Bruce Bochy, Toronto's John Gibbons, Los Angeles-AL's Mike Scioscia, Baltimore's Buck Showalter and Kansas City's Ned Yost). Throughout the 2016 season, regularly wore the t-shirt of more than 70 organizations during his pregame press conferences at Yankee Stadium, drawing attention to the charitable causes they benefit. Had a 65.5% success rate on replay challenges (29 challenges, 19 overturned, 4 confirmed, 6 stand)…ranked third in the Majors in challenge success rate, trailing only Kansas City (69.2%) and New York-NL (67.7%)…the Yankees' 29 total challenges were second-fewest in the Majors (Minnesota-28) and their 19 overturned challenges were tied for fourth-fewest. Managed his 1,500th career game in 5/21 win at Oakland…his .555 (833-667) winning percentage through 1,500G was 15th all-time among managers with as many or more games managed (1,500) and 12th among those who managed the majority of their games in the Modern Era (since 1900)…all but two managers with a higher managerial winning percentage through 1,500G are in the Hall of Fame. Earned his 800th win as Yankees manager on 8/24 at Seattle. Was ejected three times (fourth inning of 5/5 loss at Baltimore by 3B umpire Chris Guccione for arguing balks should have been called on Kevin Gausman, eighth inning of 8/29 loss at Kansas City by HP umpire Brian O'Nora for arguing balls and strikes, and second inning of 9/26 win at Toronto by HP umpire Todd Tichenor for arguing)…has been ejected 35 times in his career, 32 as a manager (30 as Yankees manager) and 31 times as a Yankee (also 8/6/99 as a player).
Completed his ninth season as Yankees manager (2008-16) with a 819-639 (.562) record, the Majors' best mark since 2008. Was hired by the Yankees in October 2007 and is the third-longest tenured Major League manager in his current position, behind only the Angels' Mike Scioscia (hired November 1999) and the Giants' Bruce Bochy (hired October 2006)-credit:Elias. Since taking over in 2008, the Yankees lead the Majors with a .986 fielding percentage and have the fewest errors among all Major League clubs (755). With 819 wins as Yankees manager, owns the sixth-most managerial wins in franchise history, trailing Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944). Is the sixth manager in Yankees history to manage in at least nine different seasons for the club, joining Joe McCarthy (16: 1931-46), Miller Huggins (12: 1918-29), Casey Stengel (12: 1949-60), Joe Torre (12: 1996-2007) and Ralph Houk (11: 1961-63, '66-73). Is one of only four Yankees managers to record at least 95 wins in four-or-more consecutive seasons (2009-12), along with Joe McCarthy (1936-39), Casey Stengel (1949-57) and Joe Torre (2001-06)…only five other Major League managers have accomplished the feat: Sparky Anderson (1972-76 w/ Cincinnati), Frank Chance (1906-10 w/ Chicago-NL), Bobby Cox (1996-2000 w/ Atlanta), Connie Mack (1928-31 w/ Philadelphia) and Billy Southworth (1941-45 w/ St. Louis), all of whom are in the Hall of Fame. Was the only manager to take his team to the postseason each year from 2009-12…joined Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre as the only Yankees skippers to lead the club to at least four consecutive postseasons. Since becoming Yankees manager in 2008, has guided the team to the postseason in five separate seasons (2009-12, '15)…is tied with Texas (2010-12, '15-16) for the most trips to the playoffs by an AL team since 2008 and trails only Los Angeles-NL and St. Louis (six each) for the third-most in the Majors over the span. Is one of five Yankees managers in franchise history to guide the team to at least five postseason berths over seven-year stretch (2009-15), joining Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre. In 2015, guided the Yankees to an 87-75 (.537) finish, the second-best record in the AL East behind Toronto (93-69, .574) and a Wild Card Game berth…managed his 1,300th career game in 4/10/15 loss vs. Boston…earned his 700th win as Yankees manager on 7/22/15 vs. Baltimore…the Yankees' win on 9/2/15 at Boston marked the 800th of his managerial career (722nd with the Yankees after 78 with Florida), making him one of 10 managers active in 2015 with at least 800 wins (Bochy, Collins, Francona, Hurdle, Maddon, Melvin, Scioscia, Showalter, Yost). Was at the helm for the Yankees' 10,000th franchise win on 10/1/15 vs. Boston…the win also clinched a Wild Card spot for the Yankees in the club's first playoff berth since 2012. In 2014, led the Yankees to an 84-78 (.519) finish, the second-best record in the AL East behind Baltimore (96-66, .593)…managed his 1,000th game with the Yankees on 5/9/14 vs. Tampa Bay, becoming the sixth Yankees skipper to reach the plateau…won his 600th game as Yankees manager on 6/17/14 vs. Toronto to become the sixth manager in franchise history to reach the plateau, joining Joe McCarthy (1,460), Joe Torre (1,173), Casey Stengel (1,149), Miller Huggins (1,067) and Ralph Houk (944)…earned his 700th managerial win on 8/4/14 vs. Detroit. In 2013, led the Yankees to an 85-77 (.525) finish, tied with Baltimore for the third-best record in the AL East behind Boston (97-65, .599) and Tampa Bay (92-71, .564)…earned his 557th win as Yankees manager on 9/11/13 at Baltimore, surpassing Billy Martin (556) for sole possession of sixth place on the club's all-time managerial wins list. Earned his 600th managerial win on 7/1/13 at Minnesota…won his 500th game as Yankees manager on 5/10/13 at Kansas City, reaching the mark in 844 games and becoming the fifth-fastest in club history to reach the milestone behind Casey Stengel (790 games), Joe McCarthy (796), Joe Torre (833) and Miller Huggins (833). Managed his 1,000th career game on 5/3/13 vs. Oakland (2-0 loss)…his .566 (642-492) career managerial winning percentage through the end of 2013 was the highest by any skipper with at least 1,000 games managed since Hall of Famer Earl Weaver tallied a 1,480-1,060 (.583) mark over a 17-year managerial career (1968-82 and '85-86). Guided the 2012 Yankees to an AL-best 95-67 (.586) finish, the third-best record in the Majors behind Washington (98-64, .605) and Cincinnati (97-65, .599)…earned his 500th managerial win on 6/15/12 at Washington…earned his 420th win as Yankees manager on 6/12/12 at Atlanta, surpassing Clark Griffth (419) for sole possession of seventh place on the Yankees' all-time list…reached 400 wins as Yankees manager on 5/8/12 vs. Tampa Bay. Guided the 2011 Yankees to the best record in the AL (97-65, .599)…the squad became the fourth team in Baseball history to record at least 220HR and 140SB, joining Colorado (1996), Toronto (1998) and Texas (2009). Managed his 500th game with the Yankees in 4/17/11 win vs. Texas, becoming the ninth manager in franchise history to reach the plateau (also Clark Griffth, Ralph Houk, Miller Huggins, Billy Martin, Joe McCarthy, Buck Showalter, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre)…only Houk, McCarthy and Stengel had a better record than Girardi (296-204) through their first 500 games as Yankees manager-credit: Elias. Guided the 2010 Yankees to the second-best record in the AL (95-67) and back to the postseason, falling to Texas in the ALCS…the club led the Majors with 48 come-from-behind wins…did not lose more than four straight games and was the last team in the Majors to be swept in a series of at least three games (9/10-12 at Texas). Led the Yankees to their 27th World Championship in 2009 in his second season, becoming the ninth Yankees manager to win a World Series…was his postseason managerial debut…joined Ralph Houk and Billy Martin as the only three Yankees to play for and manage a Yankees World Championship team…joined Houk, Bob Lemon and Casey Stengel as the only four Yankees managers to win a World Series in their first postseason as a manager.At 45 years old at the conclusion of the 2009 World Series, became the youngest manager in Yankees history to win a World Series and remains the fourth-youngest World Series-winning manager since 1977, behind Minnesota's Tom Kelly (1987 and '91), the White Sox's Ozzie Guillen (2005) and the Mets' Davey Johnson (1986). Led the club to a Major League-best 103-59 regular season record in 2009, their most wins since 2002 (103-58)…became the eighth Yankees manager to collect at least 100 wins in a full season, joining Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Ralph Houk, Billy Martin, Dick Howser and Joe Torre…joined McCarthy, Houk, Martin and Howser as the only five Yankees skippers to accomplish the feat within their first two full seasons with the team…finished third in AL Manager of the Year voting with 34 total points, including four first-place votes. The Yankees' 114 total wins in 2009 (including postseason) tied their second-most ever in a single year behind the 125 victories of the 1998 squad (also 114 wins in 1927)…was a member of the 1998 Yankees (114-48), becoming the only active Major League manager at the time to both play for and manage teams that won at least 100 games in a season and won a World Series, according to Elias…became the only Major League manager in the 2000s to lead a team to 100-or-more regular season wins and a World Series title. Earned his 200th career managerial win on 6/7/09 vs. Tampa Bay…earned his 100th win as Yankees manager on 4/29/09 at Detroit. In his first season as Yankees skipper, led the team to an 89-73 record in 2008…was one of two managers (also the Angels' Mike Scioscia) whose team did not lose more than four straight games during the season…won his Yankees managerial debut on 4/1/08 vs. Toronto. Earned his 100th career managerial win on 5/22/08 vs. Baltimore…was ejected by HP umpire Chris Guccione in the bottom of the ninth. Was named the 2006 NL "Manager of the Year" by the BBWAA and the Sporting News…guided the Florida Marlins to a 78-84 (.481) record in his first season as a Major League manager…since the award was established in 1983, became one of only three men in either league to win the honor in their managerial debuts: also the Houston Astros' Hal Lanier (1986) and the San Francisco Giants' Dusty Baker (1993)…at the age of 41, became the youngest manager in Marlins history (previously 47-year-old John Boles in 1996)...was named Marlins manager just two seasons after retiring as a player prior to the 2004 campaign, marking the shortest time between being an active player (2003) and making a managerial debut (2006) since 1987, when both John Wathan (Kansas City) and Larry Bowa (San Diego) became managers after last playing in 1985. Became the first manager in the Modern Era (since 1900) to improve his club's record above .500 after falling at least 20G below the .500 mark during the same season…the Marlins were a season-low 20 games under .500 on 5/21/06 (11-31), but went 62-41 through 9/12/06 to improve to 73-72…the only other Major League team to return to the .500 mark after falling 20-or-more games below was the 1899 Louisville Colonels (managed by Fred Clarke), who were 22G under at 16-38 and improved to 72-72-3 before finishing at 75-77-3. Managed Anibal Sanchez's no-hitter on 9/6/06 vs. Arizona…was the fourth no-hitter in Marlins history and the fourth no-hitter that Girardi has been a part of, having caught two (Dwight Gooden's on 5/14/96 and David Cone's perfect game on 7/18/99) and been a teammate in one (David Wells' perfect game on 5/17/98)…according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Girardi became the first person since Jeff Torborg to both catch and manage a no-hitter…Torborg managed Wilson Alvarez's no-hitter on 9/11/91 with the White Sox after catching no-hitters by Sandy Koufax (perfect game, 9/9/65), Bill Singer (7/20/70) and Nolan Ryan (5/15/73). Made his coaching debut in 2005 as bench coach and catching instructor on Joe Torre's Yankees staff…assisted in guiding the Yankees to a 95-67 (.586) record and the American League East title.
Played parts of 15 seasons as a catcher in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs (1989-92 and 2000-02), Colorado Rockies (1993-95), New York Yankees (1996-99) and St. Louis Cardinals (2003)…was a member of three World Series Championship teams in New York (1996, 1998-99) and played in a total of six postseasons with the Cubs (1989), Rockies (1995) and Yankees (1996-99). In 1,277 career Major League games, batted .267 (1,100-for-4,127) with 454 runs, 186 doubles, 36HR and 422RBI, finishing with a .991 career fielding percentage while throwing out 27.6% of potential base stealers…batted .184 (21-for-114) with 9R, 2 triples, 1RBI and 9BB in 39 career postseason games. Saw his first Major League action in 1989 as the Cubs' Opening Day catcher…was the first rookie catcher to start a season opener for the Cubs since Randy Hundley in 1966…was selected to Baseball Digest's All-Rookie Team…played in four games of the 1989 NL Championship Series against San Francisco, recording one hit.Played his first full big league season in 1990…stole eight bases, the most by a Cubs catcher since Gabby Hartnett's 10 in 1924…ranked second among NL catchers in assists (61) and threw out 33.3% of baserunners attempting to steal (38-of-114). On 8/7/91, in his first game back after missing nearly four months with a strained lower back, suffered a broken nose in a home plate collision with the Phillies' John Kruk. Was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 19th pick in the 1992 Expansion Draft from the Cubs…established career highs with 8HR, 55RBI and 63R in 1995 with the Rockies. Was acquired by the Yankees on 11/3/95 from the Rockies in exchange for LHP Mike DeJean…hit a career-high .294 with 2HR and 45RBI for the 1996 World Series Champions…stole 13 bases, marking the highest total among big league catchers and a record for a Yankees catcher…stole home on the front end of a double steal on 4/11/96 vs. Kansas City, becoming the first Yankees catcher to steal home since Jake Gibbs on 7/13/68…had two triples during the 1996 postseason, including a run-scoring three-base hit off Greg Maddux in Game 6 of the World Series at Yankee Stadium. Was the catcher for Dwight Gooden's no-hitter on 5/14/96 vs. Seattle…in his final season as a player with the Yankees, caught David Cone's perfect game on 7/18/99 vs. Montreal…had a career-high 7RBI on 8/23/99 in a 21-3 victory at Texas, going 4-for-6 with 2 doubles and 1 triple. Rejoined the Cubs organization in 2000 and earned his first and only trip to an All-Star Game that season in Atlanta as a replacement for the injured Mike Piazza (did not play)…when he homered on 5/2/00 vs. Houston off Jose Lima, it was his first Cubs home run since 5/8/92…only one player, Billy Jurges (nine years, 1938-47), had a longer span between homers with the Cubs…recorded his 1,000th Major League hit on 5/27/01 vs. Milwaukee off Jimmy Haynes - a seventh-inning, game-winning, two-run double…was a Cubs co-captain in 2001 and 2002. Played his final career game on 9/28/03 at Arizona with the St. Louis Cardinals…his single in the ninth inning off the Diamondbacks' Edgar Gonzalez gave him 1,100 career hits.
Personal/MiscellaneousGraduated high school in 1982 from the Spalding Institute (Ill.), where he was an All-State selection in baseball. Graduated from Northwestern University in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering…was a three-time Academic All-American and two-time All-Big 10 selection at catcher…was elected to the College Sports Information Directors Hall of Fame on 7/1/07, becoming the first former Major Leaguer to be enshrined…also received the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Northwestern University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences…received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award on 1/14/10, recognizing the personal achievements of a college graduate 25 years following their collegiate athletic career. Established his own charity, Catch 25, which is dedicated to providing support to families and individuals across the country who have been challenged with ALS, Alzheimer's, cancer and fertility issues…Catch 25 provides assistance through scholarships, financial aid and charitable donations and is devoted to serving children and adults that may not otherwise have the financial and emotional support they need…His father, Jerry, passed away in 2012 following a long bout with Alzheimer's…has hosted the "Remember When, Remember Now" benefit along with Michael Kay in New York City, helping raise funds for his charity and Alzheimer's research. In 2016, wore t-shirts of more than 70 charitable organizations during his pregame press conferences at Yankee Stadium to give the groups added exposure. Helped assemble comfort packs for troops as part of the Yankees' Veterans Day initiative each November from 2010-15…collected donations at the Yankees' annual holiday food drive in December 2010 and '11. Received the Community Leadership Award from the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association at its annual "Forget-Me-Not" gala on 6/1/09. Received the Sweetwater Clifton "City Spirit" Award from the New York Knicks on 11/22/09 for serving as a good Samaritan by stopping to aid a stranded motorist on his way home following the final game of the World Series…also honored in 2009 as the March of Dimes "Sportsman of the Year"…was honored at the 2007 Lou Gehrig Sports Award Benefit Dinner…was the recipient of the Ben Epstein "Good Guy Award" in 1997, presented annually by the New York chapter of the BBWAA. Joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Roberto Clemente, Jr. in placing the first "pitch" on 7/29/08 at the Third Annual Gracie Mansion Tee Ball Game…hosted by the Mayor's Office, Little League Baseball and the Roberto Clemente Foundation, the game featured five teams, one from each New York City borough and promoted youth exercise as well as team-building sports. Unveiled a granite sidewalk marker in the Canyon of Heroes on 6/15/10 with the Alliance for Downtown New York, commemorating the Yankees' ticker-tape parade to honor the team's 27th World Series title. Following his retirement as a player, joined the YES Network as an analyst and won an Emmy Award for hosting YES' Kids on Deck series…rejoined YES in 2007, working as an analyst…worked with FOX during the regular season and postseason in '07…was a member of ESPN Radio's team for the 2003 NL Division Series. He and his wife, Kim, have three children, Serena, Dante and Lena…Kim has hosted several charitable events at Yankee Stadium, including fundraisers for stomach cancer research in which fans could purchase blue hair extensions and mohawks.