LADY AT THE BAT: Maybe The Yankees Can Just Ask AJ Burnett To Leave

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Maybe The Yankees Can Just Ask AJ Burnett To Leave

This weekend the Yankees were denied the chance at a sweep of the Minnesota Twins, thanks to AJ Burnett. Burnett, already vilified by Yankee fans, hit a new low with the antics he pulled after Joe Girardi removed him from Saturday's game. We don't know what went on behind closed doors but, outwardly, Girardi didn't throw Burnett under the bus, which he should have done.

Maybe the Yankees can do what the Florida Marlins did to Burnett. On a September day in 2005 Burnett had just lost his sixth straight game and had some very critical things to say about his Marlins teammates, the coaching staff and the front office:

"We played scared. We managed scared. We coached scared. I'm sick of it, man. It's depressing around here. A 3-0 ballgame, I give up one run and leave guys on base, it's like they expect us to mess up. And when we do, they chew us out. There is no positive, nothing around here for anybody." [NY Daily News]

The next day the Marlins asked him to leave the team and he did, one inning shy of 210 innings pitched, which would have landed him a $50,000 bonus.

What an easy solution. Just ask him to leave!

I'm not holding my breath.

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