In his first public comments since recommending the dismissal of manager Joe Girardi, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said there were "issues and concerns" with Girardi's ability to communicate with the players.
That failure to ""fully communicate, engage, and connect" might have been a hurdle that was "insurmountable," according to Cashman.
While noting that Girardi didn't agree with his assessment regarding the communication issues, Cashman said it was hard to speculate if Girardi would have kept his job had the Yankees won the World Series, but noted that Girardi's challenge blunder in Game 2 of the ALDS wasn't a factor.
Cashman sidestepped a question regarding whether he took issue with the in-season moment when Girardi called out Gary Sanchez.
The Yankees will interview both internal and external candidates for manager, and neither a prior relationship with Cashman or past managerial experience will be a prerequisite.
"I'm looking for the right person, regardless of age," added Cashman, who said there is no timetable for when the Yankees might fill the position. Cashman also disagreed with the assertion that Girardi wasn't as analytical as the team wanted him to be.
Cashman wouldn't address the potential candidacy of Alex Rodriguez, but said each candidate who interviews will be made available to the media afterwards.
While Cashman has always been tight-lipped about his dealings, he flat out suggested the process has not begun. He apparently has no list, no front-runners and is seemingly wide-open in his search. Truthfully, I'm surprised we're reacting to a conference call about the managerial opening and not an introductory press conference introducing the new skipper.
The move away from Girardi was not taken lightly by Cashman, but within that choice, I would have sensed he and ownership would have already created a short list of candidates. No less, I would have expected that at least some of the interviewing process would have begun by this point as well.
All of this tells me a couple of things. First, Cashman was ready to move on from Girardi and there wasn't anything that was going to change that. The communication issues with the players were perceived to be strong enough to supersede Girardi's accomplishments in 2017 and in the previous nine years.
Secondly, Cashman felt so strongly that Girardi was not the right man to manage in 2018 and beyond that setting an immediate backup plan in motion was unnecessary. Cashman obviously believes that the candidate pool will be plentiful enough to find someone that will better lead the club than Girardi would have been able.