Sharks Begin To Circle New York Yankee Manager
When a Major League Baseball general manager fires a support coach, managers get a little nervous. When that specific general manager has never done that before, in his career, and does it, well nervous is most definitely an understatement.
New York Yankees' general manager, Brian Cashman has enough experience to know that his team is under-performing. Cashman also knows that it is imperative for a roster of this magnitude to make the playoffs.
The Yankees head into the All Star break 49-42, one game behind in the AL Wild Card race. On Sunday, Cashman fired hitting coach Dillon Lawson, hoping to spark a stagnant, Judge-less line-up. Manager Aaron Boone knows that his job will be Cashman's next move, if things don't improve.
Cashman has led the Yankees' front office for the past 26-years. In that time, he has never made a mid-season firing, until Sunday. New York is in the midst of a 13-plus-year World Championship drought. For the franchise with the most rings (second place goes to St. Louis Cardinals with 11), the time has come for Boone to win. Lawson's firing was a way for the Yankees to publicly state that, without saying it.
Is the Yankees' lack of hitting Dillon Lawson's fault? Probably not, but it is his responsibility. Is it Lawson, Boone or Cashman's fault that Aaron Judge, Harrison Bader, Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson and a cast of others have spent significant time on the Injured List this season? Maybe not. But, that's the game. The deepest teams, that have players that step-up after injuries to key players, win.
Winning championships is the New York Yankees' legitimate goal, most-every year. Few teams have fielded as many talented rosters as the Bronx Bombers during Cashman's reign. Following Lawson's firing on Sunday, it would appear that Aaron Boone has 71 games to keep his job as the Pinstripe's manager. For some Yankees' fans, that is 71 games too long.