New York Yankees News and Notes: 5/22/2011

NEW YORK - MAY 20: Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees sits on the bench during the game against the New York Metson May 20, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Mets defeat the Yankees 2-1. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Inspired by the Po-saga (thanks Brandon), The Yankee Analysts runs down a list of great Yankees and how their careers ended.

If you think that Brian Cashman mishandled the Jeter contract negotiations this past offseason, or that Jorge Posada was disrespected, read this:

Joe DiMaggio (HOF/Retired Number)-Retired after the 1951 season at age 36. Was offered a contract by the team as a pinch hitter, which they knew he’d refuse.

That beats what happened to Bernie Williams and Joe Torre, and is right up there with releasing Babe Ruth while he was on a tour of Japan.

I pick on Joe Girardi a lot, but Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves just put The Binder to shame:

Asked why reliever Eric O’Flaherty didn’t start the seventh, Gonzalez said, "When you’re on the road, you’ve got to push guys back a little bit, because you can’t use your closer on the road in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame."

And then I was hit with a nightmare flashback to Game 4 of the 2003 World Series......

Does anybody else wonder why Joe Girardi continues to bench Brett Gardner against lefties, even though his career stats against them are are only marginally worse than against righties?

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