Emotional demotion? Not this time

Dropping Burnett from rotation doesn't have the makings of a Torre-Rodriguez drama

Updated: October 6, 2010, 11:04 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Four years ago, a New York Yankees manager took a desperate step in a last-ditch effort to win a playoff series. He took the most talented hitter on his roster and dropped him to eighth in the batting order.

That move backfired on Joe Torre. He lost Alex Rodriguez, his team lost the game and a year later, he lost his job.

No matter how this playoff run ends for the Yankees, there will be no such repercussions coming down on Joe Girardi for taking A.J. Burnett, ...

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