At the end of the day, good ol’ Joe and his “binder” will put the best team on the field they… I mean he feels will win the most ball games. I don’t feel bad for him, but Girardi’s in a tough spot.
No one is predicting the Yankees to make a playoff run in ’17, but anything less than exceeding last years 84-78 record probably won’t be tolerated. The first sign of regression, especially from the any of the Baby Bombers will likely make Girardi the scapegoat.
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If management deems this season a wash, somewhere around the All-Star break, Girardi will be sent packing. The problem is there’s no logical successor in place. For that reason alone, it would be wise to let Girardi honor out the final months of his contract to get the most he can out of this mishmash roster.
The Yankees are in a very competitive division, which is why they have taken the correct measures in getting better prepared for the long haul. It’s just tough on the players, management, and the fans who have waited around all winter, finally to get to baseball season and not really know what to expect out a team with a collective payroll of around $200M.
Better days are ahead for sure. With arguably the best farm system in all of baseball to pull from, the expiring contracts of CC Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez on the horizon, and a renewed optimism that should appeal to potential free agents looking to leave their own mark on the game, the Yankees are a team on the come up.
So let’s be patient this season, have some fun, and root our faces off. Championship contending days are closer than some think.