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Pinch hitting: Sam I Am

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jan 04, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

January is traditionally a slow month for baseball news. So for the second year in a row, we will showcase other blogs with a series of pinch hitters.

Next up is Sam from The Sam I Am Sports Blog

Sam is from Brooklyn. “I’m a salesman but I wish I was a sports writer,” he says. He has been blogging since Nov. 2007 and says his favorite player is Paul O’Neill. Here’s his post:


It’s every sport fans dream to one day be the general manager of the organization he adores. You could hear this banter throughout living rooms or bars across the country.

Let’s use Theo Epstein, for example. He?s a passionate Bosox fan and we are definitely seeing the fruits from his labor. I?m not saying you could be an idiot and run a franchise just because you’re a fan. You still must be able to negotiate, be a top-notch decision maker and have a keen eye for scouting prospects.

Before you continue reading, I would like you all to know that I despise Brian Cashman. Not because he’s a bad person, but because he single-handedly ruined my Yankees.

I know many of you reading this love Cashman, think he’s brilliant and admire the “new” direction he’s taking by holding onto his prospects and signing everyone in sight.

News flash everybody: the only reason why he’s taking this approach is because he is finally realizing, you can’t win if you keep throwing big bucks at aging stars or trade away the farm for a quick midseason pick-me-up.

Bad signings or terrible non trades, No matter what, he manages to screw up. You’re probably skeptical of my harsh criticisms. Let me break this down in a timeline format so you can better understand my feelings. I will only point out notable blunders.

· Trades Mike Lowell for nothing.

· Trades Damaso Marte for Enrique Wilson, inks Sterling Hitchcock to a big contract.

· Trades Ted Lilly for Jeff Weaver.

· Inexplicably trades for Kevin Brown with his ridiculous contract.
· Trades blue-chips Nick Johnson and Juan Rivera for Javy Vazquez. He choose Vazquez over Curt Schilling, who the Bosox acquired for Casey Fossum. This costs us the ’04 series and was the reason the curse was reversed.
· Signed Gary Sheffield over Vladimir Guerrero.

· Signs Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright to monster deals, which made zero sense at the time.

· Trades a Vazquez-based package for Randy Johnson along with his contract.

· Preferred Johnny Damon over Carlos Beltran, who offered the Yankees a discount, then signs Kei Igawa without even scouting him.

· Re-signs A-Rod, who had just finished crippling the Yankees in the playoffs, and gives him another HUGE contract.

· Doesn’t trade for Johan Santana or Miguel Cabrera when he certainly had the chips in hand.
· A season later, signs CC Sabathia to substitute for Santana, so he’d rather CC and Mark Teixeira than Johan and Miguel? Insanity!

· Signs A.J. Burnett to the most head scratching contract of all time. How could you give him all that money for all those years?

On top of all this, His drafts have been putrid. Aside for Joba, which one of his draftees impacted the majors? He drafted Bronson Sardina over David Wright for crying out loud. How Cashman manages to escape the media’s criticisms is beyond me.

Bottom line, He’s not that good.


Thanks to Sam for contributing. In Cashman’s defense, several of these moves he had nothing whatsoever to do with including Sheffield, Johnson, Wright and any draft picks before 2006.

Coming tomorrow: Jeff from Bronx Insider.




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