Well, how about second baseman Dustin Pedroia? He is clearly the leader of the team, every bit as much if not more than Derek Jeter is to the Yankees.
Could he handle playing second base AND managing the ball club? The answer is yes!
Pedroia doesn't know what to do with all the nervous energy he has going on during a ballgame. Managing would fill that need.
Hey, Hall of Famers Lou Boudreau and Frank Robinson were player-managers. So was Joe Torre. It hasn't been done in nearly forty years, but that is not a good enough reason not to do it here.
Did you see Pedroia get in the face of Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves during a game last week?
Or the home run Dustin hit to tie last night's game against the Yankees immediately after New York had taken the lead?
Being a player-manager is a very special job. But Pedroia is a special kind of cat.
Moving on around the horn...anyone notice the Phillies are actually back in the wild card hunt? The Dodgers, Pirates, and Cardinals can't buy a win. There are still three weeks left to go and of those four teams, no one comes close to the pitching depth and talent of the Phillies. Three-and-a-half games out of the wild card and counting. They could pull it off.
Suddenly, the Yankees look five years older as a unit than they did two months ago. They were a lock for the division title a month ago, an even surer choice for a wild card a week ago. Now, a look at where they are, bunched with the Angels, A's, Rays, and Tigers, are they really better than at least three of those wild card contenders? No way.
Incredibly, there will be no serious October baseball in the Bronx this autumn. Don't let anyone tell you about their weak schedule down the stretch. Nobody is more pathetic than the Red Sox and, last night, at no point did it feel like Boston wasn't going to win.