Brian Cashman said he had a sleepless night trying to decide what to do with Marty Miller.
In so many words (and with Cashman there are always a lot of words) he said that the players had lost faith in his techniques. Perception had become reality.
“This is as much my failure as anybody else’s,” Cashman said.
So Miller is out and Dana Cavalea is the interim director of performance enhancement. Cavalea was Miller’s assistant but has been with the Yankees since 2003. This was his first year as a full-time employee, however.
Cashman did not say whether they would hire somebody else but that seems likely.
One player told me that the mistake the Yankees made was hiring Miller just before the start of spring training. The best thing would have been to hire him in October and given him a chance to meet with every veteran during the winter and get his program started.
Once the injuries started mounting, many players gave up on his program. Seeing Phil Hughes limp off the mound was the last straw for Cashman.