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

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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?