Yankees expected to miss playoffs, but Steinbrenner says Girardi is safe

Updated: September 9, 2008, 2:09 AM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees plan to retain Joe Girardi as manager next year.

"Joe will be back," co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner said Monday at the club's spring training complex. "He's done everything he could. That's the bottom line."

Girardi is in his first season managing the Yankees after agreeing to a three-year contract last October to replace Joe Torre. The team is likely to miss the playoffs for the first time since 1993, but Girardi wasn't expected to be fired.

"I've ...

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