WDHA’s 2-Minute Drill – Who Should the Yankees Fire First
By all accounts, the 2023 season has been a disaster for the New York Yankees. Assuming they don’t make the playoffs – and at this point, that’s a pretty safe bet – who should be the first one the Yankees fire?
Fridays on the WDHA Morning Jolt, Jim Monaghan is joined by the Junior Executive Producer Chris Swendeman, and this morning, they’re talking about who will be held accountable for this current Yankees disaster.
JIM MONAGHAN – Friday morning on the WDHA Morning Jolt, and it’s time for the 2-Minute Drill. I’m Jim Monaghan along with Chris Swendeman. Swendeman, August 18, and the Yankees are irrelevant. Who could have seen that coming?
CHRIS SWENDEMAN – Not many Yankee fans when the season started. But as the season progressed, Jim, I think everybody saw the train coming down the tracks. And this team is one-dimensional, and it showed every bit of the way. They are just not good. That’s all there is to it.
JM – One of the Yankee beat writers who cover the team for The Athletic called this season an unmitigated disaster. And I think he’s actually being kind. We’ve got a weekend series with the Red Sox, and in years past, a mid-August Red Sox-Yankee series would have everybody going, “Oh, boy. It’s the Big Rivalry! Chris, even if the Yankees sweep these three games, they’re still in last place in the American League East.
CS – Yeah, it just doesn’t like I don’t remember the last time I could say a Yankees-Red Sox series doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter for Yankee fans. Red Sox fans have at it. Good luck this weekend, because for Yankees fans this is it’s much to do about nothing right now.
JM – Now, mathematically, of course, the Yankees still have a chance to make the playoffs, and maybe they get out of the wild card round, should they get there. But even if they do, whose head rolls? Cashman? Boone? Both?
CS – I say Boone, and realistically, it should be Cashman. I think he’s skated by on his laurels for a long time. 2009 is a long time ago, Jim, and I think he skated by. And for having the payroll and the money, the access to the funds that he has to buy players, and as a GM, I think he’s done a really poor job, and it showed over the years. And ultimately, I think it’s going to be Boone. If anyone gets their head on the proverbial chopping block, I think Cashman will skate and Boone will be one that’ll lay the blame at his feet, basically.
JM – Well, luckily for the Yankees, they are not the only unmitigated disaster, baseball-wise, in town, because the Mets have been absolutely brutal. Can you imagine…can you imagine if the Mets had a good season, what would be going on in the Bronx right now?
CS – They’d be losing their minds. And although I do think the younger generation of Steinbrenners are much cooler than dad was at losing, they seem to take it better. But if the Mets had any success this season, they would be owning New York right now. But they’re the Mets, so they’re just as bad.
JM – And that’s the 2-Minute Drill for a Friday morning here at 105.5 WDHA on the Morning Jolt. Hey, Swendeman, the DHA Pro Football Pickh ‘am Challenge is coming in a couple of weeks. We’ll have to go at each other again.
CS – Absolutely. You got the belt from last year I’m coming for you.