Brian Cashman said tonight that he has spoken with Joba Chamberlain about his DUI earlier this month. But he stopped short of saying whether Joba was punished by the team or enrolled in any sort of assistance program.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t say other than the fact that I did talk to him,â€ Cashman said. â€œIâ€™ll leave it at that. … Heâ€™s an employee of ours. The sensitivity of some of that stuff, I wouldnâ€™t even get into. Not because of him, but for any of our employees. Thereâ€™s a proper protocol. â€¦ He has our support and thatâ€™s defined in a number of different ways.â€
Cashman was brutally honest when asked whether he was confident that Chamberlain wouldn’t have another incident.
“I canâ€™t say Iâ€™m confident about anything. I wouldnâ€™t represent what goes on in other peopleâ€™s lives,â€ Cashman said. â€œHe knows we care a great deal about him. He knows heâ€™s got all the support from us that we can provide because we do care about him. I donâ€™t know what goes on in anybodyâ€™s personal life. But heâ€™s part of our family.â€
Here’s Cash’s take on some other hot topics:
Will Mike Mussina retire? â€œHeâ€™s never said that to me but heâ€™s communicated enough to people around him or expressed it through (the media) that it was a strong possibility. Heâ€™s not made a decision either way that Iâ€™m aware of. He may have made one, though. Moving forward heâ€™s not part of our rotation because heâ€™s a free agent. We donâ€™t have him signed. â€¦ Iâ€™m not counting on him right now. I donâ€™t know if heâ€™s even interested in playing any more.â€
On the third-base coach situation: â€œIt can come from within; it can come from outside the organization. (Manager Joe Girardi) and I have been talking a great deal about what direction we should go.” Cashman talked about the idea of moving Tony Pena or Rob Thomson to third and hiring somebody to fill their spots.”
Jorge Posada: “He’s doing the rehab on his shoulder. His throwing program commences the first week of December.” Is Posada their catcher? “Yes. The plan is for Jorge Posada to be our catcher.”
Chien-Ming Wang: The Wanger was in NYC today getting his right foot checked out and got a clean bill of health. He threw a bullpen in Tampa on Monday. â€œHeâ€™s doing terrific,â€ Cashman said. â€œHe was fine. He had no pain, no problem.â€
Free agents: Cashman talked in generalities about the Yankees needing starting pitching via trades or free agency. I tried to get him to say whether they would pick up the option on Damaso Marte. But he wasn’t biting.”
Cashman was at Foley’s NY on West 33rd Street to take part in a promotional event for MLB Front Office Manager, a video game from 2K Sports.
I’m not a gamer but the concept and graphics looked pretty cool. It’s like a fantasy team x 10. You build a team, you make all the moves a GM would make and you run through the season from the start of spring training. You even hire a staff and develop a scouting philosophy. At one point Hank Steinbrenner shows up with a cigarette and tells your plans to the other teams.
OK, that part I made up. It’s not that realistic.
If you’re interested in the game, check out the 2K Sports site.