Brian Cashman still seems perfectly unconcerned about his expiring contract. He said yesterday that the team isn’t likely to make any significant moves until the end of this week’s pro scouting meetings, and today he told Brian Hoch that he’s still focused on those meetings, without much worry about his own deal.
“It’ll get done between now and Oct. 31st, I’m sure,” Cashman said. “I can’t promise, but I think that’s what everybody expects. I know it’s something that everybody has to follow. But that’s not a pressing circumstance, as far as something I’m worried about right now.”
Yesterday Cashman said only that the pro scouting meetings would take place this week. He told Hoch that the specifically begin tomorrow.
• From the Yankees media relations department: Yankees Stadium has begun it’s winter transition to a football field.
• Buster Olney tweeted about Damon Oppenheimer’s resume this afternoon. Oppenheimer is interviewing to be the Angels general manager.
• A story you never knew you wanted to read: A history of the World Series programs. It’s pretty cool; off the wall and interesting.
• It’s a few days old, but check out this Times profile of former Yankees second-round draft pick Brandon Weeden, who’s now the quarterback at Oklahoma State, having falling back into football after his baseball career never took off.
• I was never much of an autograph guy myself, but here’s a story about the guy who has the world record for autographed baseballs. His collection started with a Mickey Mantle signature.
• MLB announced the umpire crew for the World Series: Jerry Layne will serve as the crew chief with Gary Cederstrom, Ted Barrett, Greg Gibson, Ron Kulpa and Alfonso Marquez rounding out the group. This is the second World Series assignment for all but Kulpa and Gibson, who will be umpiring their first Fall Classic.
• From another MLB press release: Major League Baseball will dedicate Games One through Four of the 2011 World Series to important community causes, highlighting year-long MLB partners and initiatives including veterans and their families with Welcome Back Veterans during Game One, community service with the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet during Game Two, youth in underserved communities with Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America during Game Three and advancing the fight against cancer with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) during Game Four.
Photo from the Yankees media relations department