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Girardi will not return as Yankees manager

Joe Girardi and the New Yankees have parted ways. Girardi and Yankee general manager Brian Cashman both confirmed the long time New York skipper will not return after 10 seasons managing the team.

"With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back," Girardi said. "I'd like to thank the Steinbrenner family for believing in me and giving me this wonderful opportunity. I would like to thank [general manager] Brian Cashman and his staff for hiring me and always trying to improve the team.

"Finally, I'd like to thanks the fans for their great support as a player, coach and manager and the lasting memories of their passion and excitement during the playoff games, especially the final six games, which will remain in my heart forever."

Girardi took over the Yankees in 2008. He won a World Series in 2009 and finishes his Yankees tenure with an overall record of 910-710.

As a catcher, Girardi played for 15 years in the big leagues, winning three World Series titles in four years with the Yankees.

Cashman issued a statement on Girardi as well.

"I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization," Cashman said. "Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we've decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position.

"As Hal Steinbrenner and I mentioned to Joe directly this week, he has been a tremendous Yankee on the field and away from it, as a player, coach and manager. He has a tireless work ethic, and put his heart into every game he managed over the last decade. He should take great pride in our accomplishments during his tenure, and I wish Joe and his family nothing but success and happiness in the future."

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