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Girardi will not return as Yankees manager

Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (28) speaks to media before game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Girardi's tenure with the New York Yankees, who came within one win of a World Series berth this year, has come to an end after the Major League Baseball team said on Thursday he would not return as manger in 2018.

Girardi, who won a World Series title in 2009 and guided the Yankees to the post-season in six of his 10 seasons as manager, had just concluded a four-year, $16 million contract with the storied ball club.

"I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said in a statement.

"Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we’ve decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position."

The Yankees did not name a replacement.

After managing the Florida Marlins for one season in 2006, Girardi took over the Yankees in 2008 and in his second season with the club lead them to their 27th World Series title.

Girardi compiled a 910-710 record while at the helm of one of baseball's most storied franchises and his win total ranks sixth in Yankees history.

He also won three championships with the Yankees as a player and is one of three individuals in franchise history to play for and manage a Yankees World Championship team.

While the 53-year-old did lead the Yankees on an unexpected deep playoff run his post-season was marred by managerial mistakes during a Game Two loss to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series.

After the Yankees were eliminated from the post-season by Houston, Girardi said he planned to sit down with his family to discuss their future.