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Joe Girardi

Former New York Yankees catcher Joe Girardi, who helped lead the New York Yankees to three World Series titles in the mid- to late 1990s and who was named National League Manager of the Year for his performance skippering the 2006 Florida Marlins, joined the YES Network in November 2006.

In addition to providing game and studio analysis during the 2007 season, the 42-year old Girardi will co-host a new YES original series, Behind The Plate, debuting next season. The show, which Girardi will co-host with fellow YES analyst and former Yankees catcher John Flaherty, will take a look at baseball and its nuances from the unique viewpoint of the two former catchers.

Girardi had worked once before at the YES Network, during the 2004 season. He was a game, pre- and post-game analyst, and also won an Emmy Award for his hosting efforts on YES’ Kids on Deck series. In addition, he was an analyst during the 2003 National League Division Series for ESPN Radio, and provided 2006 World Series pre-game analysis for FOX Sports.

Girardi was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round of the 1986 amateur draft. He broke into the majors in 1989 with the Cubs and later played three seasons for the Colorado Rockies (1993-1995). Girardi joined the Yankees prior to the 1996 season and played key roles as New York won the World Series in 1996, 1998 and 1999. New York also won the America League East in 1997.

One month after departing the Yankees as a free agent in November 1999, Girardi signed with the Cubs and played three seasons for Chicago before playing in St. Louis in 2003. He signed with the Yankees as a free agent in February of 2004, and retired at the conclusion of spring training, at which time he joined YES. The Peoria, Ill. native made his major league coaching debut a year later as bench coach under manager Joe Torre.

Girardi was named the Florida Marlins’ manager in October of 2005, and many baseball experts pegged Girardi as the 2006 National League Manager of the Year for the job he did with the Marlins. He took a young, inexperienced team and turned it around to finish with a 78-84 record.

A 1986 graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in industrial engineering, Girardi was a three-time Academic All-American and two-time All-Big Ten selection at catcher. He graduated from Spalding (Ill.) Institute in 1982 after earning All-State honors in baseball.

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