Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi snubs a coaching offer from the UCF

Former Yankees manager Joe Girard working at Cubs TV
Cubs TV - Screenshot by Bleacher Nation
Amanda Paula
Saturday June 10, 2023

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Joe Girardi, the former Yankees manager, surprises by snubbing a coaching offer from the University of Central Florida (UCF). Learn more about his decision and his passion for broadcasting and baseball analysis.

In a surprising turn of events, Joe Girardi, the former manager of the New York Yankees, has decided to stay in the broadcast booth rather than return to the field. The University of Central Florida (UCF) had offered him the prestigious head coaching position, but Girardi declined the opportunity, according to a tweet by Mark Feinsand of

Girardi has been lending his expertise to the baseball world as a broadcaster for the Marquee Sports Network, covering Chicago Cubs games over the past year. This broadcasting role came after he departed from the Philadelphia Phillies, where he was let go in June of the previous year.

Girardi has turned down similar offers before – Screenshot by Amanda Cunha

This is not the first time the seasoned manager has chosen the broadcast booth over coaching. In 2004, Girardi spent a year as a game analyst on the YES Network before taking on his first coaching job with the Yankees. He then made his managerial debut with the Florida Marlins.

Girardi returned to the broadcast booth for another season before stepping into the shoes of Joe Torre as the Yankees’ manager in 2008. He led the team to a grand World Series championship in 2009, marking the Yankees’ first title since 2000. However, after losing Game 7 of the 2017 American League Championship Series, Girardi’s time with the Yankees came to an end, and he transitioned into a role as an analyst for the MLB Network.

In 2020, Girardi took up the managerial position for the Philadelphia Phillies, but his tenure there was cut short in 2022 when former Yankees coach Rob Thomson replaced him. Thomson guided the Phillies, who had a record of 22-29 at the time, to the World Series against the Houston Astros.

The UCF Knights baseball team, competing in the American Athletic Conference, has sought a turnaround after their last regular season championship win in 2017. Despite the potential for Girardi to bring valuable expertise to the team, they will have to continue their pursuit of success without him.

Girardi’s decision to decline the head coaching job at UCF surprises many, but his passion for broadcasting and analyzing the game remains strong as he continues to provide insights and commentary to fans and viewers.

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