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Cashman: My job has changed

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 05, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Brian Cashman made an appearance at Fenway Park today for the annual Hot Stove/Cool Music Roundtable. It’s a fundraiser for Theo Epstein’s charitable foundation.

For the first time in public, Cashman admitted what has become increasingly evident: That his job has changed since the Steinbrenner sons took control of the team.

“The dynamics are changing with us. When I signed up with this current three-year deal, and this is the last year of it, it was with full authority to run the entire program. George had given me that. But things have changed in this third year now with the emergence of Hal and Hank Steinbrenner and that started this winter,” he said, “I’m learning as I go along, too. But it is different. But one thing is that I’ve been with this family, the Steinbrenner family, for well over 20 years. So I’m focused fully on doing everything I possibly can to assist them in their emergence now as decision makers.”

Cashman’s contract runs out in October. Asked whether he wanted to return, he didn’t answer directly.

“Because of all the work that gets involved with doing the job, it kind of prevents me from really looking ahead past this year,” he said. “I’m just doing everything I possibly can to assist the transition with the new manager, the new owners, with the involvement now with the Steinbrenner sons. And then the rest will take care of itself at another time.”

Cashman nearly left the Yankees after the 2005 season before agreeing to a three-year deal that included widespread control over baseball decisions. It’s clear from these quotes that Cashman’s power has eroded since Hank and Hal Steinbrenner came to power. At the moment, there is an internal struggle over whether to pursue Johan Santana.

“Right now, the Red Sox and Yankees, at least, are in the middle of this Johan Santana stuff,” Cashman said. “What’s the right thing for the now? What’s the right thing for the future? These are the wrestling matches that go on in the organizations and you have very spirited conversations about what’s right and what’s wrong.”

Cashman and Epstein were joined by Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi, agent Scott Boras and Red Sox analyst Bill James. That’s an impressive group.

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98 Responses to “Cashman: My job has changed”

  1. rbizzler January 5th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Uh oh Pete, the hounds over at nomaas will be out for blood now!

    Hopefully, this is just another example of Cash playing coy with the media.

  2. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Not good at all. If I had to choose between Cashman or Hank. I’d take Cash everytime.

  3. Chuck January 5th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Cashman is facing the wrong way. Who was on his shirt? ;-)

  4. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    And, Pete. This is not what I had in mind when I requested a new thread to pick up the mood.

  5. jay destro January 5th, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    i wish i could have been there, what a great event this must have been

  6. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Chuck,

    It was a sequined George Steinbrenner tee.

  7. Matthew Cohen January 5th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    wow – interesting that Cash spoke out like that.

    He usually plays things pretty close to the vest.

  8. Buddy Biancalana January 5th, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    So it sounds like the Yanks could be trading Hughes, Melky, Marquez, another player plus Cashman for Johan. Maybe acquiring Johan id the deciding factor for Cashman to leave under his own terms. As I asked yesterday, where could Cashman end up should he decide to move on?

  9. Buddy Biancalana January 5th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Mel-

    Pretty, pretty funny once again.

  10. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 5th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Would take Cash over Steinnies at the moment.

    Meanwhile, I still can’t believe I was such an idiot…

  11. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    I would pay big bucks to see George or Hal slap hank upside the head.

  12. Motown Yankees Fan January 5th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    Is that Cashman’s way of saying: “don’t blame me when they trade Hughes for Santana”?

  13. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 5th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    mel: I’m guessing George has done that once or twice back in the heyday….

  14. Blargh January 5th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    And recorded
    And uploaded to YouTube
    Possibly with a snippet of Springsteen for background music

  15. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    I only think the soxs are in the Johan thing to try and drive up who the Yankees have to give up. They have enough starters, just as we do. I also think it is insane to give a 5-6 year deal to a pitcher.

  16. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    And I really think that this will finally be the straw that brakes the camels back, espically if they insist on trading away the kids (something Cash has worked very hard at). I think this is Cash’s last year with us.

  17. Say it ain't so January 5th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Interesting/strange stuff from Newsday…

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/.....2256.story

    Imagine that conversation?

  18. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    How tall is Theo, or should I say how short is Cash?

  19. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 5th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    jenn: And is one wearing platform shoes?

  20. Buddy Biancalana January 5th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    I really think the writing is on the wall, Cashman either gets back his power that he has earned or he walks. Only his connection of having grown up in the Yankees organization will enable keep him to stay dealing with his new job change, plus a huge contract extension.

  21. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Interesting, it would not shock me if Mcnamee came out and said he was mistaken about Roger using roids, and states it was lidocane and b-12.

  22. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Buddy,

    Cash would have his pick of jobs. I hear the GM in Minnesota is on the hot seat.

    How rich would that be? Cash quits, goes to Minny and FLEECES the interim GM Hank Steinbrenner.

    God. What a joke.

  23. Buddy Biancalana January 5th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    mel-

    At least then Cashman would have Hughes on his team.

  24. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    I hope someone knocks sense into Hank and tells him not to do it. Others people besides Cash need to be telling him this. I’ve read that Johan could cost us $200 million!! (with luxery tax). That is insane I don’t care who you are!! And there is always a chance he goes out throws one pitch and is done for the year!

    And before anyone says it is not my money! IT IS!! my seats went up $9.00 a game, others went up $100!! So it is your money.

  25. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Plus Action, IPK, AND Horne. Hank’s got such a hard on for Santana it’s not even funny anymore.

  26. Buddy Biancalana January 5th, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Jennifer-

    Are you guaranteed All Star game tix with your plan?

  27. Mike S. January 5th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Why is it that right now I look at George as being like the old, aging Vito Corleone, Hal as Michael, Cashman as stepson and consigliore Tom and Hank as some cross between Sonny and Fredo?

  28. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 5th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    I asked about all star game prices….let’s just say, they’d have to be a wedding gift for me to be able to afford them!

  29. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    My friend actually has the plan, I’ll pick up games here and there. It is the 16 game Sunday plan, so I doubt that the All Star game is included. :( I would love to go, but I really don’t see how I’ll get tickets, with the network, and tickets needing to be made available to all teams. (how does it work anyway?)

  30. Mike S. January 5th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Remember that with the tax, the Yanks are spending 40 cents to the dollar. A $100 million contract for anyone else costs the Yanks $140 what with the luxury tax.

  31. tonyb January 5th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    This is depressing news. I hope that Hank isn’t pushing Cash out in order to fulfill a dream of being the megalomaniacal ruler of the Yankee universe.

    Does anyone know if he has Daddy issues?

  32. Buddy Biancalana January 5th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I bet with partial season ticket plans there will some sort of lottery for tickets.

  33. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    just found this.

    The Yankees are pleased to host the 2008 All-Star Summer including the 79th Major League Baseball (“MLB”) All-Star Game. For five action packed days, baseball’s biggest stars will descend on New York City for what will truly be a magical experience for the players and all Yankees fans. The All-Star events, which will be held at the Stadium, begin on Friday, July 11, 2008 with the opening of the DHL All-Star FanFest (which will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Center), followed by Taco Bell All-Star Sunday (featuring the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell Legends & Celebrity Softball Game,) on Sunday July 13, 2008, Gatorade Workout Day (featuring the State Farm Home Run Derby), on Monday, July 14, 2008, and conclude with the 79th MLB All-Star Game, on Tuesday, July 15, 2008.

    Given the importance of these events to our loyal Ticket Licensees, MLB and the Yankees will use commercially reasonable business efforts to offer all Ticket Licensees an opportunity to purchase, subject to availability, (as determined by MLB and the Yankees, from time to time) a Ticket license for the events during the MLB All-Star Summer ’08. For Ticket information about the 79th MLB All-Star Game, please reference the enclosed literature or simply visit http://www.yankees.com.

  34. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Holding penalty tacked on 5 yds to the 2-pt conversion attempt. Having no options, Rothlesberger tried to waddle it in. He was stopped 2 yds short of the goal line. This game is actually entertaining now.

  35. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    Anyone else going up to or planing to go to Toronto this year? I am in July! :) Hopefully I can get tickets.

  36. CaptainsCorner January 5th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    That must of been interesting Cash hanging out with that lying slime ball, rat..oh sorry I mean Boras. I can understand Cash not liking Hank opening his mouth and telling the media everything BUT signing a pitcher to a $150m contract is not up to the GM at all, it is the owners call. Cash hasn’t done a thing to help this team with pitching. The bullpen is never a priority with him. People give Cash credit for the young pitchers but he really had nothing to do with it. Oppen/Newman and Contreras are the ones that picked the draft picks Cash had nothing to do with that he just didn’t trade any of them yet. If he left the Yanks and went to a team with a $70m pay roll I wonder if he would be an awful GM and not know what to do when he isn’t allowed to spend and waste millions. I would like to see him stay but I don’t think it would really matter in the long run if he left.

  37. Buddy Biancalana January 5th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    I went to the AS game in Sf this past year & paid $400 for Standing Room Only, sure enough I checked prices up until game time & they dropped to face value for excellent tickets. This was through the Giants official site, so it was legit. I plan on doing the same for game this year, just waiting until the last moment. Obviously, it’s different with the game being at Yankee stadium, I am optimistic & there is always ebay.

  38. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    Damn the Steelers are making a game of this.

  39. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Buddy, did you originally buy the tickets thru a broker? Or was that the price you paid thru the Giants?

  40. ray January 5th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Mel.
    I have a happy face tonight! lol

  41. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Everyone forgets Cash signed Mike Mussina, he has been a good pitcher for us.

  42. Steve January 5th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Wow I cant believe you people are so willing to throw Hank under the bus. My worst fear has always been that when George died there wouldnt be anyone who would be willing to spend the money to keep the Yankees competitive. Now that Hank has taken over, it appears that my worries were unfounded and I as thankful as I can be that Hank has some power. In fact, given Cashman history of penny pinching (like when we could have had Beltran or Colon) I would take Hank a hundred times over Cashman. I am tired of watching Cashman try to save a buck or two rather than using the Yankees’ huge financial advantage.

  43. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Someone screwed up on that play, the reciever was no where near where the ball was thrown.

  44. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    ray,

    Harumph. Whistle-happy zebras. What a joke. Pistons make their free-throw. Different story. lol.

  45. Steve January 5th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Actually, if Cashman had his way, we wouldnt have even resigned ARod this year. You can bet if Alex had talked to Cashman instead of Hank, Cashman would have told “Thanks but no thanks, I would rather try to build from within.”

  46. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 5th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Yeah, my parents are a bit angry….

    and Jacksonville, come on. Don’t pull a Jets. Please?

  47. Fran January 5th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Steve – I agree with you. I am glad that Hank and Hal are willing to spend money just like George.

  48. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Wow what a bs call.

  49. Buddy Biancalana January 5th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Jennifer-

    I bought it through ebay, but the Giants site allows season ticket holders to legally re sell them through their website for a piece of the action.

    I believe the Yankees will be creating a Pinstripe Marketplace on their website as well, at least that was the plan when I was a season ticket holder 2 years ago.

  50. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    Okay maybe not. stupid stupid stupid. They are going to lose this game now.

  51. Buddy Biancalana January 5th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Steve-

    Where did you hear that about A Rod? I know he doesn’t like signing pitchers to huge long term deals, but not position players.

  52. Jennifer - Save Phil Hughes! January 5th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Buddy, I heard the same. I think the Yankees are getting annoyed that other people are making money off their tickets and want a piece of the action. Can’t say that I blame them. I saw someone selling $800 season tickets for 8 grand. I hope the Yankees got wind of it, and revoked his plan.

  53. ray January 5th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    mel,
    “whistle happy zebras” huh? Regardless of the calls or the free throw missing by Detroit, I don’t think anyone anticipated that the new players on the C’s would gell together this quickly and this good.

  54. Phil January 5th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Clinton and Richardson came off well in the Democratic debate tonight.

    McCain and Guiliani came off well on the Republican side.

  55. Steve January 5th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Buddy

    I am sorry, I wasnt clear enough. I dont know whether Cashman talked to Arod or not. I was just saying that we all know that Arod went Hank Steinbrenner on his own without Boras. But we dont know whether he went to Cashman and I think it is pretty clear that he didnt. And I for one, wonder why he didnt speak to Cashman. My theory is that he knew Cashman wouldnt commit to a huge contract like Arod eventually got so Arod pulled the old end run and went straight to Hank to avoid Cashman’s penny pinching ways.

  56. CaptainsCorner January 5th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Cash did sign Mussina which was obviously a good deal. BUT he just wasted money signing him to a 2 year deal when it should of been 1 year or 1 year with an option year at the most. No other GM would of gave him a 2 year deal. Too much money has been wasted on garbage. Cash worries about over paying for relievers but the organization threw money at Igawa and Wright for no good reason. That is why I think them not knowing if they want to trade for Santana is more about not wanting to trade Hughes then the money. If Santana gets hurt on opening day then what is the big deal the Yanks will just eat the money like they always do. Money was never a problem, trading Hughes seems like something they don’t want to do over the $140m being the problem.

  57. Phil January 5th, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    “No other GM would of gave him a 2 year deal.”

    You don’t know that. He was coming off a good season and not yet 40. I would hazard to guess that a few GMs would have given him a contract for more than one year. Especially considering the 4 year deals being thrown at average-at-best starters.

  58. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    ray,

    See the pinch-hitter post from today. Winning creates chemistry.

    You got 2 all-stars who got get-out-of-jail cards. Really, I’m happy for the Celtics because they sucked for sooooooo long, but Ray Allen is one of my unfavorite guys. His jealousy of Kobe has jaundiced him. It’s really ugly. KG is o.k. But he said some very unprofessional things about the Lakers front office this season. And after they paid his cousin $2.1M to ride pine last year? Harumph.

  59. ray January 5th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    mel
    I certainly agree that winning creates chemistry but it is also the old “chicken/egg” question of what comes first because I also think that chemistry goes a long ways towards contributing to winning. Sadly (lol) what you say is true……I think they have sucked since the retirement of Bird, McHale, Parish, and others. I will admit to my ignorance….who is KG’s cousin?

  60. CaptainsCorner January 5th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    So maybe someone would of offered him a 2 year deal but I do not think it was a smart thing for the Yanks to do. He said he would only pitch on the east coast close to home. So I would think the Yanks had a good chance of him coming back if they only offered an option year.

  61. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Shammond Williams is his first cousin. He was playing in Europe and in an attempt to lure KG they signed him. Well he was the 4th guard off the bench. (I’ll totally ignore the fact that he had hip problems). Anyway totally suckage. He had Smush Parker, Jordan Farmar(rookie), and Sasha Vujacic in front of him. KG was like “the reason he didn’t insist on a trade to LA is because the front office is a mess”. C’mon dude. Where’s the class you had in Minny? Well now Kupchak is looking pretty smart for holding onto Bynum. Anyway, I’m just kidding with you. I like the Patriots, but you can have your other teams.

  62. ray January 5th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    mel,
    Just one more quick thought. I’m not defending KG for whatever he said about the Laker front office, but to put it in perspective Kobe said some really ugly things about the Laker front office and they are paying him a whole lot more than 2.1 million.

  63. hmmm January 5th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    “In fact, given Cashman history of penny pinching (like when we could have had Beltran or Colon) I would take Hank a hundred times over Cashman. ”

    uh, Colon?

    the Angels spent $51M on 587 innings of 4.66 ERA. he got $5

    in other words, he was a terrible TERRIBLE signing.

    what is your point?

  64. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    ray,

    I see what you’re saying. But wouldn’t you get mad at me if I said your mother is ugly? Even though you told her the same thing when you got mad at her? lol.

  65. Steve January 5th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    I would love to have had Colon. Hindsight is 20/20 and we dont know what would have happened to Colon had he signed with us. When you are Cashman, you have the luxury of making mistakes like that. Hell, he gave 40 mil for one year of Pavano, why not take the risk with someone like Colon who had a much better trach record than Pavano ever had.

  66. ray January 5th, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    mel,
    You make an excellent point! That is precisely why I think Yankee fans can sometimes be really critical of some aspect of the Yankees on here and it is okay, but it really is different if I as a Sox fan said it because I am not part of the family so to speak. So I do appreciate why Yankee fans become upset when Sox trolls come on here simply to make stupid statements.
    Anyways….I know you are kidding with me and it’s all good because you are very cool.

  67. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    ray,

    Good times. lol.

    Are you watching this game? Down to the wire. Rothlesberger sacked and fumbled. One less threat to the mightly Patriots.

  68. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 5th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Hey, I called both football games today!

  69. Fran January 5th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Good football game. Glad that Jacksonville won.

  70. hmmm January 5th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    “I would love to have had Colon. Hindsight is 20/20 and we dont know what would have happened to Colon had he signed with us.”

    umm, ok.

    so now we are criticizing Cashman for NOT making a terrible signing. that makes sense.

    i am sure if Colon had been on the Yankees and pitched with an ERA over 5.00 in 3 of the 4 seasons he signed for, you would be here defending Cashman for that.

    Colon was a huge bust.

    your point is ridiculous.

  71. ray January 5th, 2008 at 11:48 pm

    I am just curious. It seems like most people on here were cheering for the Jags. I am wondering why.

  72. randyhater January 5th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    No one has less respect for that smoke-stained gasbag Hank than I do, but Cashman’s comments (at a freakin’ Blosox charity event no less!) border on treason and call for an immediate and public smackdown.

    Somebody here mentioned “The Godfather” earlier. Cash must have missed the part about not publicly speaking out against the family, particularly while you’re playing kissy face with our two most hated enemies, Epstein and Boras.

    If Cash has a problem with Jim Dolan Jr. (and he should) he should express it to the powers that be behind closed doors, not in a snarky comment from the bowels of Beantown.

    And does he really need to be showing up at a Boston charity event? Last I checked, there’s still plenty of kids in NY who could do with a handout.

  73. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    Wow. June Jones resigns from UH. I bet he’ll end up with the Falcons.

    J-Dawg, watch out. We’re coming after Norm Chow.

  74. Steve January 5th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I would defend Cashman for being aggressive and using the Yankees huge financial advantage. I dont criticize Cash for going after Pavano even though there were better options available. The fact is as the Yankee GM you have to not be afraid to take chances and not be afraid to eat contracts when they dont work out. For example, I am still angry at Cashman for not eating all of Randy Johnson’s contract so we could have gotten better prospects from Arizona. I heard that Arizona would have been willing to trade Micah Owings if they didnt have to pay any of Johnson’s remaining salary. But Cashman was determined to only pick some of the contract and thus we didnt get the best package we could have.

  75. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 5th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I find Cashman…sexy. lol. Just kidding. But he’s loyal and committed. Willing to fall on the sword.

  76. Yanksrule57 January 5th, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    mel,

    Just finished watching the Jags pull one out after almost coughing it away. Terrific game.

    I read where June Jones interviewed with SMU. Maybe he got an offer. I think he took that program as far as it can go and is smart to get out on top.

  77. Jaybird January 6th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Hey Pete, get ready for my Jags baby!!!!!!!!!!
    Lets go Jaguars!!!!!!

  78. Evil Empire January 6th, 2008 at 12:09 am

    where was george mitchell for this event? surprising he wasnt there considering hes in the sox organization. maybe while cashman was out of the office he was digging around the clubhouse looking for clemens dna

  79. mel-I'm psyched! How about you? January 6th, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Yanksrule,

    Great game. Had no rooting interest, but I ended up cheering for the Jags.

    Jones did fly to Dallas yesterday. It’s breaking news right now, but basically he resigned. Head booster said that they’re still hoping to get him back, but like you said he took the program as far as he could. In related news, the boosters raised the funds to buy out the AD. He screwed up with the schedule, which ironically worked out for us. But he dilly-dallied on replacing the basketball coach and 6 weeks ago Jones told the booster that he was frustrated that the extension was taking so long.

    Either way, I don’t care. I’d like to see Cal Lee get a look-see, too. He’s an asst @ UH and was the long-time coach at the local version of Mater Dei. And of course Norm Chow’s an offensive genius.

  80. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Save the Three Musketeers! January 6th, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Jags–Titans would tear this blog apart, wouldn’t it? :-P

  81. J-Dawg January 6th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    mel- Keep Hawaii far away from Norm Chow. :) I was hoping that the Steelers would win, just because there is no lovelost between the Jags and the Titans. And of course I am picking Tennessee to beat San Diego, because I am a blatant homer. :)

    I wasn’t there to hear Cashman, obviously, but those appear to be the words of someone who may not be the GM after this season. It will be interesting to see how everything unfolds.

  82. Peter Abraham January 6th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Knew it was a matter of time before somebody ripped Cashman for supporting Theo’s charity. Randyhater, take a bow.

    Meanwhile, please tell us what you did to help poor kids today.

    As for him speaking out, the truth is the truth. As I always say about Brian, he may not always comment. But when he does, he tells the truth. You have to admire that.

  83. Karse January 6th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    I haven’t read the above comments, and I bet that 10 people have said this already but: I am extremely frustrated with the steinbrenner sons and how they are trying to take cashmans responsibilties away from him even though he will obviously do a much better job at managing the ballclub. I am fed up with it and I bet you Cashman is extremely fed up too. Unless the yankees ownership changes (which would be an absolute blessing) don’t expect Cashman back with the yankees in the future. Ever. Why would he come back?

  84. Steve January 6th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Karse

    How would a change in Yankee ownership be a blessing? Would you prefer a Carl Pohlad type owner? Because you are more likely to get one of those than to get a Steinbrenner. I, for one, a incredibly thankful for having an ownership group that is willing to spend money to get players. The Steinbrenners are the best thing that has happened to the Yankees in a long time and any Yankee fan should recognize that instead of bashing the guy for stepping it up when Cashman refuses to.

  85. Doug January 6th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    He will come back because no other team will pay him the salary he wants and has a 200 mil payroll

  86. J-Dawg January 6th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    I think that I might have mixed up my words in that last sentence about Cashman, and I meant to say that it appears that he is growing a bit weary of everything. He was nearly at the end of his rope in ’05 before deciding to come back, so anything’s possible. He probably just wants to keep his options open and abstain from making any premature judgments about his future.

  87. Jaewon January 6th, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Karse: good.
    Steve: bad.

    Yeah, ok, the Steinbrenner sons have a ton of money that they spend at will. That doesn’t change the fact that they are obnoxious, I don’t like (some of) the decisions they’re making or the way they’ve treated people within the organization (Torre, Cashman).

    I don’t need an everyday press briefing. Hank thinks that because he’s “the owner” everybody wants to bow down to him and cares so much about what he says. Cashman is a good GM who I credit for the Yankees farm system as well as (partly) the good team they have right now.

    A lot of people can come to a team (as an owner) and spend tons of money, but some owners have character. I feel like Hank’s presence in general makes me feel ashamed to be a Yankees fan.

  88. randyhater January 6th, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Pete,

    If you think Cash (or Epstein or Boras for that matter) where at that ego-stroke, circle-jerk event because of their civic-mindedness, you’re more naive than I thought.

    As to Brian “Honest Abe” Cashman’s statements, the fact that they’re true doesn’t make them appropriate. If he has a problem with his boss, or is having a crisis of faith about his longterm dedication to the team, he should voice it behind closed doors and/or keep it to himself. Pouring his heart out to the media assigned to our most hated rival isn’t helpful.

    As to what I did for kids today: I coached 8 to a rousing, early morning basketball victory, took one to karate, and put together Thomas the Tank Engine puzzles with another until the eyes almost fell from head. How about you?

  89. Peter Abraham January 6th, 2008 at 1:17 am

    Epstein and his brother Paul run a charitable foundation. Today’s event was a fundraiser. Cashman didn’t drive 3 hours to get his ego stroked. You don’t know the guy, he doesn’t do that.

    What kind of person criticizes somebody for doing a charitable thing? Randyhater, apparently.

    Hope you and those kids playing hoops never need somebody to help you out. Karma’s a bitch.

  90. UtilityManDad January 6th, 2008 at 1:18 am

    I still dont understand why the Steelers went for the 2 point conversion after the holding penalty negated Wards’ beautiful catch early in the 4TH???It put them on the 12 yrd line and Rburger only got 9 yrds.

  91. UtilityManDad January 6th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Gee he much hate George Stein too for giving money to the Jimmy Fund a few yrs ago!!!

    A rivalry on the field is one thing……this was for charity.

  92. randyhater January 6th, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Pete,

    Sorry I poked some fun at your hero. If the forces of karma visit a pestilence on my son’s basketball team I’ll be sure to let you know. Maybe you can get St. Theo to make the pain go away.

  93. Mike D January 6th, 2008 at 2:48 am

    I wouldn’t be reading too much into Cash’s words yet. Remember it was assumed he was leaving before he signed his current contact and a lot of that was based on information he was sending out through the media. He negotiates for a living, so this may signal the start of his negotiations for his new contract.

  94. gayle January 6th, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Jennifer –regarding resale of tickets MLB has made a deal with Stubhub and some teams have deals with ticketmaster so that you will be able to re-sell your tickets on these sites without fear of losing your tiket license andthe teams will get a part of the re-sale. Ticketmasters program is called ticket exchange. In the letter to season ticket holders itsays that shortly this will be available via yankees.com.

  95. Spike Owen January 6th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    “If Cash has a problem with Jim Dolan Jr. (and he should) he should express it to the powers that be behind closed doors, not in a snarky comment from the bowels of Beantown.”

    Good point. Of course Pete doesn’t see anything wrong with it, he is, after all, a Sox fan.

  96. Quintana January 6th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    It was interesting to read Cashman’s subtle hints of frustration in regards to the Lil Stein’s interference.

    My guess is that the Lil Stein’s want to hand over Hughes and whatever is needed to get this done, while Cashman wants to keep Hughes and would prefer not to do the deal. Period.

    Boston is in this just to drive up the Yanks offer. Lester is progressing to be a very good starter. We already have a #1 and good depth in the rotation.

    We do not need Santana. Could we use him? OF COURSE. But, at the cost of prospects, plus the huge long term deal, it is not a smart move.

    This will come down to a battle between Minaya and the lil Stein’s. The ace in the hole to win this, literally, will be Phillip Hughes.

  97. NYPD113th January 6th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    God do I love Hank.

  98. Jim from Dalton January 7th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Holy Cow! If you take the counter point on every deal Mr Brian Cashman has made in the last 8 years..[being realistic...please...]…we wouldn’t have won less championships…would we? Geez…it’s like he’s a god because we finally have some talent in the pipeline..talent that so far has not won us a freakin’ thing so far BTW. Come see me when Robbie et al has a ring on his finger…[or two]

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