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>Yankees Cashman Lacks A Head For Baseball


New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Daily News that he often went behind manager Joe Torre’s back to try to prevent him from overusing his relievers.
Cashman said Torre or his pitching coach (Mel Stottlemyre or Ron Guidry) would ask the relievers if they felt good enough to pitch. If a pitcher said yes, Torre wouldn’t hesitate to use him.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman also told the Daily News that he tried to convince Joe Torre that the pitchers weren’t always being honest and shouldn’t be available to pitch so often. (AP Photo)
“You have to understand these players are competitors; they’re never going to say no,” Cashman told the New York Daily News. “It’s just the way they’re wired. So you pay people to know the answer; I’m not paying a pitcher to be the pitching coach, for instance. Or the manager. I’m paying the pitching coach to be the pitching coach. I met with (Scott) Proctor and said, ‘You better stop telling the manager this because the way he manages’—I’m not criticizing Joe, that’s just the way he is—’He wants an honest answer. Just tell him no.’ “
After leaving the Yankees, Proctor had two elbow surgeries, including Tommy John surgery.
Cashman also told the Daily News that he tried to convince Torre that the pitchers weren’t always being honest and shouldn’t be available to pitch so often. However, Torre seldom took that into consideration.
“You have to have the knowledge enough to know that you’ve got to back off this guy, because he won’t be honest with you, he’ll lie to you even if he’s dragging knuckles,” Cashman told the Daily News. “So I met with those individual players and said, ‘You are hurting your career.’ I covered all the bases on my end. There’s no hypocrisy here.”
The Daily News reports Torre responded with a “no comment” when asked for reaction to Cashman’s comments.

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>Cashman’s Slip Of The Lip May Cost Him His Job

>No one but the Yankee Wizard is predicting Yankee GM Brian Cashman soon will leave the Yankees. While he is opening up in unusual and an unwise fashion to reporters about what he thinks, he may be jeopardizing his own future with the Yankees. Below is the headline printed today on Bleacher Report and elsewhere.

Is Brian Cashman going rogue?
I think the above question is the best one of the day, and not whether Derek Jeter will soon be playing in the outfield because everyone thinks he’s too slow to play shortstop. Actually, he is NOT too slow to play shortstop in Yankee Stadium.
He made some fantastic plays last season. But as a player gets along in age, it’s natural for people to compare him to someone else and to see how he once could have made this play or that one when he was a step faster.
Whether Joba Chamberlain will be starting or not shouldn’t be blabbered out to the press. Imagine how Joba must feel seeing this kind of “junk talk” spread all over the league by the boss, who of all people should be the most closed-mouth about things like this. Where did he learn to “motivate” by making players mad at him? It just doesn’t work, in fact it will have a negative effect on the team morale and on the player’s performance. Of course, Cashman never played in the major leagues, did he. How would he know what builds up player ego and what tears it down. 
Because his ego – and that of Hank and Hal Steinbrenner – got in the way when they had the chance to resign Joe Torre as manager of the Yankees – their most successful manager in fifty years – they lost Torre to LA. If Brian Cashman would read Joe’s book, Joe Torres Groundrules For Winners, he would understand how terrible he was when he maybe had a few too many drinks and opened up his little dark mind to the press on issues that should never go out there where people can pick them apart and where players can read them and cry. 
Motivating players is and was one of the great things about Joe Torre. Here’s what he said about how he judged his players: “When I first come on a managerial job, or when new players join our team, I judge everyone from that day forward. Certain players come with baggage, but I try not to let it influence my dealings with them. 
When Joe was traded from the Atlanta Braves to the St. Louis Cardinals in the spring of 1969, he felt he was carrying significant baggage. He had been a union leader. He developed a reputation that really wasn’t deserved. He was named team captain of the Cardinals and someone told him, “You know you’re really not a trouble maker.” Joe replied that he didn’t think he had ever been a trouble maker. 
“I figured out that unfair rumors had been spread about me by Braves General Manager Paul Richards, perhaps as a further reason for their trading me. My own experience is one reason I don’t think managers should prejudge people.” 
Here’s my suggestion to the Steinbrenners. Fire Cashman and hire Toree – yes, as general manager. He understands how to motivate players, and it isn’t by telling them “they are a step slower” or “you belong in the outfield,” when you’re speaking in a bar to some reporter. Cashman, you stink, to say it mildly.
Take a page out of Joe’s book and learn something, will you please.
Here’s a bit of the Bleacher Report to wet your chops on:
In a candid Q&A conducted on Tuesday morning, the New York Yankees general manager made a number of predictions. Among them: Shortstop Derek Jeter(notes) would soon move to the outfield, Joba Chamberlain(notes) won’t move back to the rotation because he got hurt as a starting pitcher, and that the Boston Red Sox are a better team than the Yankees.
Well, then! It wasn’t long ago that Cashman volunteered thatYankees upper management overruled him on the signing of reliever Rafael Soriano(notes), an admission that raised some eyebrows.
Cashman’s lips were just as loose at a fan breakfast in New York City hosted by WFAN radio personality Mike Francesa. He asked most of the questions, but fans got to ask some, too.
ESPN’s Amanda Rykoff live-tweeted a portion of the event:

Francesa to Cashman: “How are you?”
Cashman: “I’d be better if I could get a starter.” […] “We’re one starter away from being a World Series contender.”

Cashman said Andy Pettitte(notes) might be the starter, but Chamberlain apparently is not the guy: “No. He hasn’t been same since injury in TX.”
Eeenteresing, says the Pinstriped Bible.
Later, a fan asked Cashman “what will happen” with Jeter, who recently signed a contract extension after an acrimonious negotiation. Cashman’s reply:
“I’d be surprised if he plays SS for all 4 years. I see him moving to OF.”
Can of worms, meet opener. But, if Jeter’s defensive range continues to decline, the Yankees would be well-advised to move him somewhere.
It’s just … surprising to hear the Yankees’ GM come out and say it. It also might be a little something to motivate Jeter, to keep him trying to prove he can still play short.
Francesa also asked Cashman, point-blank, who was better right now: the Red Sox or Yankees?
Cashman: “Red Sox. But we have better bullpen.”
Well, they better at those prices.
There was more, including a brief update on A.J. Burnett(notes) that’s not terribly optimistic-sounding: “He knows he has a problem and he’s doing all he can to fix it.”
So, what’s up with Cashman? Not that he ever had the reputation for being super secretive, but he just seems awfully transparent right now. Hey, more fun for us. But why?
Near the end, a fan asked Cashman what makes his job so hard.
Cashman: “to be honest what can wear you out here in NY is the media coverage.”
That must be it. Well done, ladies and gentlemen of the press. You’ve worn down his defenses.
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>NY Daily Times Says Cashman Unhappy, May Leave

>by Don White
To that I say good. I have advocated for a long, long time that Brian Cashman is
over his head here. He has never been anywhere else. he started by selling popcorn
in the concession stand. Not quite that low, but he was a low-level trainee for several
years and finally he got his chance to “run his own team.”

Well, with George Steinbrenner dead, he’s still not running the Yankees and is darned
unhappy about it. He is suffering from low esteem. His pride is hurt because Hal and
Hank Steinbrenner still control him like he was still selling popcorn.

The Daily Times article follows. I provide a link if you want to see the entire story.

Recent events make it seem as if Brian Cashman might walk away from Yanks when his contract expires after this season.


Recent events make it seem as if Brian Cashman might walk away from Yanks when his contract expires after this season.

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>Yanks Full of Excuses In 2011


ew York Yankees GM Brian Cashman: I told

 Andy Pettitte ‘not to Brett Favre us’

CROMWELL – Yankees’ Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman shared stories of struggles and strides at Tuesday’s Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting at Crowne Plaza in Cromwell.

Cashman reflected on his 24 years with the team, starting in 1986 when he was a 19-year-old intern with the Yankees scouting department.

Since then, his accomplishments in 11 seasons as general manager – the longest-running Yankees general manager under Steinbrenner— make him one of the most successful in baseball history.

Cashman was the youngest general manager to win a World Series when the Yankees won in 1998, and he is the only general manager to win a World Series in his first three years (1998 – 2000).

He has led the Yankees to the postseason in his first 10 years with the team (1998-2007).

But 2011 seems to be a turning point. The Yankees are no longer the favorite and don’t pull down the highest salaries in baseball – qualities that reflect Yankee rivals, the Boston Red Sox.

“We’re not conceding anything,” said Cashman. “We know the Red Sox are picked to win, but we’ve been in that position before, too.”

Now that Steinbrunner, known as, “The Boss,” has died, he is not forgotten in the Yankee franchise or in Cashman’s eyes.

“The legacy George left is he created a bunch of other Georges,” Cashman said. “The man was so dedicated to winning. [George’s] family is dedicated to winning. Everything I am is because of The Boss.”

Winning might be harder for the Yankees to do this year after losing the deal. With Cliff Lee and stars like Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez leaving their prime, the Yankees are searching for the right fit to keep them relevant this year in the playoffs.

The biggest blow to the Yankees’ pitching would be Andy Pettitte, retiring after a great 2010 season.

“Andy has talking about being home for years,” said Cashman. “Being from Texas and having to be in New York for six months out of the year can be hard because he has kids and he’s missing important time with them. He’s opting not to play right now but that might change it might not. I told him don’t ‘Brett Favre’ us. You got to be all in and fully dedicated to play. Do I need him? I need him, but I don’t want him to play if his heart’s not in it.”

To prepare for 2011 with hopes of making the playoffs for the 11th time in his career, Cashman developed a mental training program as part of spring training.

“They are learning things like being a good teammate,” said Cashman. “We bring in navy seals to talk to our guys. We want to make sure that the guys know that the guy standing next to them is as all in as they are.”

In his time with the Yankees, the American League East has been the most dominant force to be reckoned with in all of baseball, but Cashman thinks this year will be different.

“It’s not just about the East,” he said. “As we saw last year in the West with the Rangers, other divisions can propose a threat.”

Cashman knows how to win baseball games. The 2011 season has not started and the Yankees always find a way to put money together and bring in exceptional talent to guide them to October baseball.

“My job is all about winning,” said Cashman. “You have to make tough decisions, like when I let Bernie Williams go, Matsui, and Johnny Damon. But when you’re trying to win you can’t think about anything else. You just need to put the best team you can out there.”