This is Joe Girardi's fifth season as Yankee manager. Before the arrival of Joe Torre, that would have been the longest continuous managerial reign under the Steinbrenner family. And had George had his complete faculties, chances are Girardi would not have survived his first year in New York. Remember, they failed to even make the playoffs that year.
Now, of course, Girardi redeemed himself with a World Series title in 2009, which would have bought him years of good will in most other markets. But the Yankees are not most other markets.
If the Yankees fail to turn things around this season, Girardi could find himself as the scapegoat. He doesn't have four World Series titles in five years and six pennants in his first eight years as Torre had.
I am not saying the Yankees should fire Girardi. The current state of the team is the responsibility of general manager Brian Cashman. But the possibility that he could be fired is undeniable.
And seeing that these are the Yankees, they are not going to simply promote an anonymous coach or someone without a high profile. The Yankees would need a person who could step into the role of Yankee manager with the respect of the players, media and an impatient fan base.
Here are some possibilities.