George Steinbrenner wasn’t called “The Boss” because of his charming personality. The man knew what had to be done and made it happen no matter the repercussions. If he was still around today, he would definitely have some opinions on the Yankees and probably fire a few people. If The Boss were still in control of the sinking Yankees, here are ten moves he would most likely make.
- Firing Joe Girardi. Despite Girardi’s World Series rings with the Yankees, both as a catcher and as a skipper, Steinbrenner would not go for Girardi’s constant defending of players, especially when they don’t deserve it.
- Hiring Bobby Valentine. Yes, this sounds absolutely insane but, The Boss would want to light a fire under his highly paid players. The Yankees’ clubhouse is filled with a lot of nice guys, but, as was the case in Boston, Bobby Valentine, a brilliant baseball mind, would probably rub some of them the wrong way. The Boss would like that.
- Hiring Seat Fillers. The daily eyesore that are the seats behind home plate at Yankee Stadium would drive The Boss nuts. What would he do? He would borrow a page from the TV award shows and hire seat-fillers for the Legends seats. Despite how sad it is that one of the world’s greatest stadiums would have to resort to Hollywood shenanigans, it would look better and be a tangible response to what has become a source of mockery.
- Firing Bobby Valentine. When Steinbrenner was around, there was only one man who could be the center of attention. Valentine creates fires wherever he goes, so Steinbrenner would have to get rid of him.
- Hiring Wally Backman. One of the Boss’ trademark moves was attempting to steal the glory from the Mets — like adding Darryl Strawberry to the Yankees’ roster late in his career. The Mets right now have all the ingredients — mostly young stud pitching — to own this town if they don’t mess it up. While swiping their ex-manager, Valentine, might annoy some Mets fans, many would be envious if Backman — a beloved member of the 1986 Mets title team currently celebrating its 30th anniversary — were put in charge in the Bronx.
- Rip Jacoby Ellsbury in the Media. Ellsbury’s $153 million contract already looks like it could end up being one of the worst in franchise history. If The Boss were around, Ellsbury would not have such a cushy experience cashing his $21 million check each season.
- Fire Wally Backman. Like it is with Girardi and would be with Valentine, it’s the players. The Yankees are suffering through the hangover of the final years of long-term, big-money contracts. Still, Backman would take the fall.
- Make A-Rod Player-Manager. The whole Alex Rodriguez-Biogenesis saga was one of the craziest stories in sports history. How much more fun would it have been if the Boss were around to go toe-to-toe with A-Rod and his enablers? Well, with it all blown over and the Yankees struggling, the Boss would fire Backman and make A-Rod the manager. With A-Rod as manager, the Yankees might not be any better, but they would again become one of the most interesting teams in the game.
- Put Brian Cashman on Notice. General manager Brian Cashman has said he doesn’t decorate his Yankee Stadium office because The Boss told him to never feel comfortable. Steinbrenner, in good times, always had a connection with the fans, because he was as demanding as any Bleacher Creature. Though Cashman outlasted Steinbrenner, the GM did so because it was during a dynastic run. Cashman would have a hard time keeping his job if Steinbrenner were in his prime.
- Go After John Oliver. Steinbrenner would have aggressively responded to HBO talk-show host John Oliver and his Yankee Stadium stunt, perhaps calling him some sort of reptile,as The Boss was known to do.
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