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The difference a manager can make

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 13, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Blue Jays are 74-49 (.601) since Cito Gaston took over last June. Only the Angels (73-47, .608) have been better since then. In Toronto, Gaston is seen as the savior of a moribund franchise.

Meanwhile, the Yankees are 104-90 (.536) under Joe Girardi and have spent a grand total of nine calendar days higher than third place in the last two years.

The Yankees start play today 6.5 games out of first. If they’re 10 out on June 1, what happens then? The last thing Brian Cashman wants to do is change managers in the middle of the season. Girardi is not responsible for injuries and the mass decline of the relievers and those are the two biggest issues. The talent level of the roster at the moment is shockingly low. The Yankees are loaded with AAA and AAAA players.

But if the Yankees don’t get started in the right direction soon, something has to give.

Back later with the lineups.

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