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Girardi a tough guy with a tough team

Manager has distanced himself from Joe Torre and molded Yankees in his image

Updated: October 7, 2012, 1:22 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi has been managing the New York Yankees for five years, and nobody around the ballpark talks much about his predecessor anymore. It is not an insignificant thing, you know, since the guy Girardi beat out for the job, Don Mattingly, had likened the challenge of following Joe Torre to that of following John Wooden.

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