Former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has joined the MLB Network as a studio analyst. The network announced the hiring, which Michael McCarthy of the Sporting News reported this morning.
It came as something of a surprise when the Yanks announced in late October that they would not seek to work out a new deal with Girardi, whose contract expired after his tenth season running the dugout. The team went on to hire Aaron Boone, who had himself worked as a TV analyst with ESPN after wrapping up his playing days.
Upon his entry onto the managerial free agent market, some wondered whether Girardi might catch on with another organization. In particular, to that point the Nationals had not yet hired Davey Martinez to take over. It turns out there was at least some contact between the Nats and Girardi, though clearly interest never developed.
With the move, Girardi will remain in the eye of the baseball-watching public throughout the coming season. Just what managerial gigs will come open during or after the 2018 campaign isn’t yet known, of course, but we can safely predict that Girardi will be among the first candidates talked about in future hiring rounds.