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Eric Chavez

Peter Schmuck: Girardi takes the hard road

Peter Schmuck: Girardi takes the hard road

If you’re rooting for the Orioles to complete a Division Series upset of the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium later today, you probably aren’t a big fan of Yanks manager Joe Girardi, but I have to admit that I’m impressed with his handling of slumping superstar Alex Rodriguez.

There’s a lot at stake on a lot of levels and there are some complex issues that Girardi and A-Rod will have to work through even after the Yankees postseason is over. All of that makes Girardi’s decision to pinch hit for A-Rod in Game 3 (which saved that game for the Yankees) and Game 4 and bench him in favor of Eric Chavez for today’s decisive series finale an impressive...