Today at the Stadium, Hal Steinbrenner (photo courtesy of New York Magazine) was careful not to go into any specifics about his manager's contract -- which runs out after the 2010 season. But there was this from Hal: "I am saying he's the man for the job.''
Does that mean Girardi would remain the man for the job no matter what happens in October, especially in the anything-can-happen Division Series?
Asked if there were an ultimatum on Girardi in postseason, Hal Steinbrenner said, "No, Joe has had a tremendous year...as far as I am concerned, as far as the family is concerned, as far as the organization is concerned, he's the man for the job.''
The opinion here at Pinstriped Posts is that Girardi has already done enough to merit a contract extension, whatever happens in postseason.
If he wins the World Series, he'll obviously be in a better bargaining position. Either way, you'd expect the club to address -- and approve -- an extension after the season, perhaps in the two-year range, through 2012.
After the Joe Torre Era ended, this ownership group became deeply tied to the manager's success. With an AL East title in the bag, the top-notch job Girardi has done in Year 2, and with no other remotely intriguing outside candidates, you'd think this marriage gets extended by Thanksgiving.