Hank Steinbrenner Wants Girardi to Stay 10/9/13
- New York Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner wants Joe Girardi to remain with the team and is awaiting the manager's decision on a new contract.
Girardi's current deal expires at the end of the month, and the team offered a new agreement last week.
The Yankees failed to make the postseason for the second time in 19 years, finishing 85-77 while All-Stars Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson missed much of the season. It was the team's worst record since 1992.
Also in the majors:
- Matt Kemp was scheduled to undergo cleanup surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday, a procedure that was planned before the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder was shut down for the postseason because of a sprained left ankle. Kemp is expected to be ready for spring training.
- Former Phillies manager and shortstop Larry Bowa has returned to the team as bench coach under manager Ryne Sandberg. Besides Bowa, Pete Mackanin also is coming back to the Phillies to be the third-base coach after serving as the bench coach for former skipper Charlie Manuel from 2009-12.
- Angels hitting coach Jim Eppard and bench coach Rob Picciolo will not return next season. Manager Mike Scioscia (SOH'-shuh) and general manager Jerry Dipoto made the announcement together Tuesday night, likely indicating they're both returning to the club in 2014.
- The Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing back manager Kirk Gibson next season, but pitching coach Charles Nagy and first base coach Steve Sax have been fired. Arizona finished 81-81 for the second straight season to miss the playoffs for the second straight year after winning the NL West in 2011.