New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner says that the jobs of general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi are safe for now.
The Yankees have missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, the first time that has happened in more than two decades.
“We are at the beginning of the season, no one is on a hot seat right now,” Steinbrenner told The New York Post. “I am absolutely comfortable with [general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi]."
Cashman signed a new three-year contract last October, and Girardi agreed to a four-year deal worth $16 million in October 2013. Girardi has a 648-486 record with three AL East titles and one World Series championship in his seven seasons as the Yankees' manager.
Steinbrenner also ended rumors about his family selling its share in the storied franchise.
"The family is not selling the team. We have no intentions of selling the team. You can quote me on that,” he said. “I am not sure why everyone continues to ask that. The Steinbrenner family is not selling a majority stake in the New York Yankees. We are not going anywhere.”
Steinbrenner refused to talk about the potential bonuses the team might have to pay Alex Rodriguez should he reach certain historic home run marks and says he wants the troubled infielder to concentrate on helping the team.
“That is really all I am interested in right now, and I told him this, we want to get Alex Rodriguez through spring training healthy so he can contribute,” Steinbrenner said. “It is my same wish for the other 24 players. That’s it. I am not going to dwell on the past."
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