There is an interesting piece by Hall of Fame columnist Bill Madden in today’s Daily News in which he writes about the possibility of Brian Cashman wanting to leave the Yankees after his contract expires next winter. Cashman, Madden says, may be coming to the end of his rope with regard to the unusual dynamic that comes with working for the Steinbrenner family.
Now, to be fair, there have been whispers and chatter about this notion for a long time. I know that some people are very much down on Cashman – and believe me, I’m well-aware of the stinkers he’s been part of, too – but I’ve always felt he got way, way too much anger directed his way. In truth, he’s sort of in a no-win; he’s been part of a club that delivered four championships in five years, went to two more World Series in the next three years then won another World Series six years after that. If you don’t think that’s a fantastic output, talk to some Jets fans today and see how on edge they’re feeling going into tonight’s game.
Of course, it’s easy to look at all that and say Cashman “didn’t do anything” because he could “pay whatever he wanted to get anyone.” I’ve never quite bought that and I think it’s largely unfair to say Cashman isn’t a very important part of the Yankees success. Is he fed up with being – as he once said – the “director of spending?” That may be. So maybe he does go looking for a different gig in a year, maybe he does want to try a smaller-market situation. I’ll believe it when I see it.
I’ll say this though: If and when he does go, whatever the circumstances, I do think there will be plenty of fans who find themselves missing him more than they expected.