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The Three's Company Award for Seamless Replacement

 

When Joe Girardi left the Marlins, he had a Manager of the Year award in his pocket after taking the team to a 78-84 record. After a transition year under Fredi Gonzalez and a further loss of a massive talent in Miguel Cabrera, the team is back to .500+ baseball. Meanwhile, the Yankees have no shot at the playoffs with a $200 million payroll. Our thought? Like Don Knotts replacing Norman Fell on Three's Company, the Marlins did fine, and the Yankees have to wonder just how much of a "genius" Girardi was to scratch 78 wins out of what we know was a talented but young Marlins team. Good ol' Knotts. Like a Kramer with a decent new role.

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I'll give Girardi a pass for this season based on the injuries to his pitching staff and the failure of young players to develop. As much as I hate the Yanks, Girardi was dealt a bad hand with all of the old overpriced talent that didn't produce near what they were paid to do. As for Freddi he dealt with injuries last year, but given that the Marlins traded away their two most marketable players the Marlins did way better than could be reasonably expected.

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