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"I would like to thank the players for the relationships that we have fostered over the last 10 years but most important, how hard they played every day," Girardi said. "... Finally, I'd like to thank the fans for John Gant Authentic Jersey 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."

Like Girardi and all members of his coaching staff, Cashman's contract also expires on the same date, though the organization is expected to come to an agreement with the longtime GM. Girardi had been spotted at Yankee Stadium twice this week, where he declined to speak with reporters. The team confirmed their parting in a news release on Thursday morning.

"As [managing general partner] Hal Jonathan Broxton Authentic Jersey 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," Cashman said. "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."

During Girardi's tenure, the Yankees reached the postseason six times, including three AL East titles (2009, '11-12) and three Wild Card berths (2010, '15, '17). Taking over following Torre's 12-year run at the helm, Girardi initially donned uniform No. 27 as a daily reminder of the objective that he had been hired to achieve. After the Yankees broke in the new Yankee Stadium by celebrating their 27th World Series title, Girardi switched numbers to No. 28 but was ultimately unable to get New York back to a Fall Classic, overseeing the departures of 'Core Four' members Jorge Posada, Jose Martinez Authentic Jersey Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. This year's ALCS appearance was the Yankees' first since 2012.

"He was a manager of mine," Jeter said at a charity event run by his Turn 2 Foundation in Washington Heights, N.Y., on Thursday. "So I have the utmost respect for him. But you realize this is a business. I'm not privy to any information that goes on. Whether he left, they let him go -- I don't know. But you wish him the best. He brought a lot of great memories to this organization. He had a lot of success in the 10 years he was here. I think Joe Girardi, people will have fond memories of him. I do, as a teammate and playing for him as well."As he guided the "Baby Bombers" Keith Hernandez Authentic Jersey to 91 wins this year, allowing budding stars like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez to blossom in their first full big league seasons, Girardi often said that the Yankees' future appeared to be brighter than at any time in recent memory.

"There's a lot of good here, there really is," Girardi said. "You think of the young players, they've added to the club, there's more players coming. And it's not just position players, it's pitching, so obviously there's a ton of talent here."