ORLANDO, Fla. — Joe Girardi expected to be back for an 11th season as New York Yankees manager.

“I was a little shocked,” he said of his dismissal Tuesday after attending a meeting of Major League Baseball’s competition committee.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced his decision Oct. 26, and then explained last week he made the move because of “ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel.”

Girardi said he wasn’t disappointed about the statements.

“I’m one that (is) pretty aware of what happens and what goes on inside a clubhouse … so I don’t ever worry about that,” he said.

“You know, it’s life,” he added. “You understand that you have to move on. I invested a lot of time in there and have a lot of great memories there. But this is part of life. When you take a job as a manager, you know that this is a possibility, and you have to deal with this. You also get to deal with the other side, the excitement of being hired.”

His 910-710 regular-season record with the Yankees is sixth in victories managing the team, and he led New York to its 27th World Series title in 2009.

Girardi anticipates having discussions after Thanksgiving about working as a broadcaster for a national network. He will not return next year to the Yankees’ YES Network, where he worked in 2007 before he was hired to manage the team.

“I think that would be kind of strange,” he said.

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