New York Yankees: Maybe the Yankees Can Just Ask A.J. Burnett to Leave

Bernadette PasleyContributor IAugust 21, 2011

This weekend, the Yankees were denied the chance to sweep the Minnesota Twins thanks to A.J. Burnett.

Burnett, already vilified by Yankee fans, hit a new low with his antics after manager Joe Girardi removed him from Saturday's game. We don't know what went on behind closed doors, but outwardly, Girardi didn't throw Burnett under the bus.

He should have.

Maybe the Yankees can do what the Florida Marlins did to Burnett.

In September 2005, he had just lost his sixth straight game and had some critical things to say about his Marlins teammates, the coaching staff and the front office:

"We played scared. We managed scared. We coached scared. I'm sick of it, man. It's depressing around here. A 3-0 ballgame, I give up one run and leave guys on base, it's like they expect us to mess up. And when we do, they chew us out. There is no positive, nothing around here for anybody."

The next day, the Marlins asked him to leave the team.

Just one inning shy of 210 innings pitched, which was set to land him a $50,000 bonus, he walked away.

What an easy solution—just ask him to leave. I'm not holding my breath.