Despite a season which had the New York Yankees one win away from the World Series with a young team, the team has decided to part ways with manager Joe Girardi after ten seasons.

Girardi had the Yankees in the playoffs six times in his tenure with a World Series championship in 2009.  He just finished the final year of a four year-$16 million contract.

ESPN reports General Manager Brian Cashman recommended to Hal Steinbrenner that Girardi not be retained.  Cashman said in a statement:

"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."

There has been no clear speculation as to who might succeed Girardi.