The New York Yankees are on cruise control after clinching the AL East earlier this week, so Wednesday night, manager Aaron Boone invited a special “guest manager” to help him.
According to the MLB Network, the three-time all-star first baseman is serving as Boone’s understudy. He carried out the lineup card and will help with strategy. He did not start the game in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Boone certainly won’t let Rizzo go out and argue with an umpire should the situation arise, although the veteran has shown a penchant lately for blowing up at umpires.
“Rizz is helping me out today,” Boone said (via SI.com). “He helped out with the lineup today, putting it together. He’s gonna help in the decision-making process this game.”
It didn’t take Rizzo long to get into his new role in the dugout.
Acting manager Anthony Rizzo was pumped about Peraza's RBI single 😭 pic.twitter.com/SmH28wri80
— Talkin' Yanks (@TalkinYanks) September 28, 2022
Shortstop Gleyber Torres got in on the fun, talking strategy in the dugout with Boone.
Aaron Boone has been fired.
Gleyber Torres and Anthony Rizzo are now co-Yankee Managers pic.twitter.com/VQir1eVo38
— Starting 9 (@Starting9) September 28, 2022
The 33-year-old Rizzo has tied a career high this season with 32 home runs, posting an .836 OPS.
It’s all fun and games for the Yankees until the playoffs start next month.
I think this was an ask of mine earlier in the year or before the season. Win the division early enough to have players manage and coach.
Nestor the pitching coach. Gleyber coaches third. Rizzo manages. Have some fun https://t.co/DhX0AQ1x8c
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) September 28, 2022