Derek Jeter is gone, and now New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman thinks the team’s captaincy should go, too.
The Yankees are entering their first Jeter-less season since 1994, and there’s no one wearing the imaginary captain’s “C” Jeter was given in 2003.
Cashman thinks that the Yankees should retire the captaincy along with Jeter.
“As far as I’m concerned — and I’m not the decision-maker on this — that captaincy should be retired with No. 2,” Cashman said on ESPN Radio, according to the New York Daily News. “I wouldn’t give up another captain’s title to anyone else.”
Cashman, in a different interview, praised Jeter for how well he performed the duties for more than a decade.
“I think Derek did it as well as anyone can,” Cashman told ESPN.com. “He wore it well, and I’m not a big advocate of giving out the captaincy anyway. I’m not going to recommend anyone being named captain of the New York Yankees right away.”
Manager Joe Giardi agreed with the general manager’s sentiment.
“I didn’t think we needed a captain this year, and I think guys need to lead,” Girardi told ESPN.com. “I don’t think you necessarily have to have a captain to have leaders.
“I don’t think you have to have a ‘C’ on your chest to be a leader.”
If the Yankees had any sense of humor, they’d make Alex Rodriguez the new captain, but we don’t see that happening any time soon — or ever.
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