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Lonnie Chisenhall

Yankees' Cashman was concerned with Girardi's 'connectivity'

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman decided it "was time for a new voice and a fresh voice" in New York's clubhouse, concluding Joe Girardi was not the right manager for a team that has reoriented toward youth.

New York announced Oct. 26 that Girardi was not being offered a new contract, closing out a 10-year run that ended when the Yankees lost Game 7 of the AL Championship Series to Houston, the eventual World Series champion.

"The issue and the concerns were," Cashman explained, "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel. And in saying that there might be a tough hurdle for someone that's been in that particular...

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