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Girardi should've paid attention to your letter to the Skipper from last week when he left Marte in vs. the Angels. You are absolutely right that Marte is just a one inning guy.

Here's a name that should scare any fan...
Freddy Garcia is now throwing for any interested scout that will look at him. Ruben Amaro of the Phillies took a look at him and must have had flashbacks of last year's nightmare when he was a Phillie, and luckily passed on him.

If you had to grade Joe Girardi on his managerial ability at this point, how would he do? The loaded question is, do you think Mattingly would have done better to this point? Would be interested on your take on this.

That's a really good question JJ. There's no way to tell how Mattingly would've handled the pen, he's never had to do it before.

There are a couple of areas that I think Mattingly would've been a marked improvement over Girardi. Probably the biggest is acting like you're in charge, and you know what you're doing. It seems like a stupid thing, but I swear Girardi has looked and acted like he was over his head on several occasions and the pressure really seems to be getting to him. Mattingly isn't as high-strung as Girardi, and I think he'd be a steadier hand at the controls.

I was a Mattingly guy from the get-go (my son's middle name is going to be Donald), so I'm probably not going to be able to give you an objective answer. All I can tell you is that I've seen Girardi make some highly questionable calls that have directly cost the Yanks games.

Overall, though, I think the Yanks miss Bowa the most. He kept guys like Cano focused, he was a much better third base coach than Meacham and he really gave them some fire. Every coach on the team now seems like a complete stiff.

Do you think if the Yanks don't get in the playoffs, Girardi will be gone and the door will be open for Mattingly to return? I was kind of thinking that Girardi might have been hired as a 'disposable coach,' give him a year, give Mattingly another year to learn the biz, then if Girardi didn't make the playoffs, Welcome back, Don.

I may have preferred Mattingly to Girardi, but I'd hate to see the playoffs without the Yankees in it. They just wouldn't be the same without them.

I don't know how long of a leash they're going to give Girardi. Honestly, I think he's kind of a stooge for the front office and they'll probably cut him some slack because of the injuries. I'll talk about that in an upcoming post.

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