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Cashman fighting homelessness with Solidarity Sleepout

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Nov 02, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yesterday’s Brian Cashman conference call didn’t start with discussion of his contract, or discussion of CC Sabathia’s contract. It started with Cashman discussing his upcoming Solidarity Sleepout with Covenant House. Cashman is on the board of direction for the foundation which works to fight homelessness among young people.

“I’ve had a chance to meet some pretty inspiring kids who are fighting for, obviously, a lot,” Cashman said. “They’re fighting homelessness. They’ve obviously had a curveball thrown their way, in many cases not by their own fault… Nobody is obviously trying to compare one night of sleeping in the streets to what a homeless child goes through, but the effort here is to try to raise up to a half million dollars to benefit the programs as we move forward.”

It sounds like a pretty powerful event with some pretty powerful people in the New York area. Here’s the bulk of a press release with details of the event.

New York – On November 17th at 6 pm, the 21st Anniversary Covenant House Candlelight Vigil in Times Square, sponsored by Aviva USA life and annuity company, will feature the first-ever Covenant House CEO Solidarity Sleepout, with over 40 influential leaders sleeping outside in the shadow of the Covenant House New York Crisis Shelter in solidarity with homeless youth.

“On November 17th and 18th, we are going to transform Times Square and our crisis shelter into centers of hope and solidarity for homeless youth,” says Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “Natalie Grant will light up Times Square with her inspirational performance. And after the vigil, we will march back to our crisis shelter with 300 of our homeless kids and an incredible group of CEOs and business leaders will sleep in cardboard boxes outside our crisis shelter.”

“These are leaders who have selflessly decided they want to walk in our kids’ shoes, and experience, if only for one night, some of what our kids go through,” said Ryan. “We will sleep out to show our support and to raise awareness that thousands of young people are struggling to survive every night on our streets.”

The vigil will also feature homeless youth from Covenant House, who will share stories of their journey through homelessness to independence. Following the Vigil, Covenant House will host the CEO Solidarity Sleepout on the concrete near the shelter at 460 West 41st St. with high-ranking executives hoping to improve this corner of the world, including Philip Andryc of Berens Capital Management; Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees; Bill Donahoe of Allegiance Retail Services/Foodtown; Gary Dubois of Crum & Forster/Seneca; Dave Eklund of Aeolus Reinsurance; Tom Glocer of Thomson Reuters; Jeff Kaplan of Deerfield Management; Geraldine Laybourne, co-founder of the Oxygen Network and chairman of Alloy Entertainment; Julio Alfonso Portalatin of Chartis Growth Economies; George P. Reeth of Companion Property and Casualty; Adam Silver of the NBA; and Strauss Zelnick of Zelnick Media.

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78 Responses to “Cashman fighting homelessness with Solidarity Sleepout”

  1. blake November 2nd, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    good job Cash

  2. Nick in SF November 2nd, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    No question.

  3. Deal With It November 2nd, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I am a firm believer that when it comes to trading for a player, the Yankees better be getting the best of the trade.

    That being said, adding Montero and the expense of Posada is a step in the right direction.
    Since the infield has 3 “older players” who are not destined to be traded in the next 2-3 seasons, Yankees have to do whatever they can to make sure the back-ups are good enough to help the team.

    Currently I would list Nunez and Swisher as those back-ups.
    Nunez can play 3rd, 2nd and SS.
    Swisher can play 1st base as well.

    I’m just not convinced the Yankees can add another “very good” player to that group without having to give up a lot in return.

    ==================

    WTP….Agree about JM for JP. a step in the rite direction. NYY’s r dealing from a position of strength now which Cash himself has said. I was thinking along the lines of other teams coming to Cash and asking for pitching (surplus of young talent presently in the ML) perhaps adding in Romine can get a good return from another team in the rebuild mode, after all I believe NS will be gone during this year or after as the NYY won’t want to up the ante to $14 -15 mil. next year. Your thoughts ?

    Agree about NS and EN as the backups. Too bad Cash didn’t make a move for Pence last year when he was made available. A nice player who would probably benefit from having better players hitting in front and behind him, better than what he has in Phily now. Beltran played around 145 games last year and might be a good fit with JG rest and recover rotation, Willingham had around 100 RBI’s with the lowly A’s.

    Love the ‘older’ player reference BTW.

  4. m November 2nd, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Obviously.

  5. blake November 2nd, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    “No question.”

    ok Larry ;)

  6. blake November 2nd, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    http://www.riveraveblues.com

    David Phelps, RHP: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 6-5 GB/FB, 1 E (pickoff) – 41 of 67 pitches were strikes (61.2%) … easily his best start out here so far … they cap the starters at five innings, but he definitely could have gone longer

    Nice line

  7. Baseball Mogul November 2nd, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    He shouldn’t be wasting his valuable time on charity work. He should be out signing Fielder, Beltran, Wilson, & Darvish.

  8. m November 2nd, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Love that Cashman is doing stuff like this. People want to laugh and get on him for doing stuff like dressing up like and elf to scale a building. But how can you not respect him for his public works?

    His Boston counterpart is arguing that the Sox should be compensated for allowing Theo to leave his mess behind. Seriously, can’t make this stuff up:

    Cherington said that Red Sox ownership did not want Epstein to leave given the team’s September collapse and the departure of Terry Francona.

    “There were a lot of things that were going on at the time that made him leaving perhaps challenging,” Cherington said. “That’s why our ownership feels they need to be compensated for that.”

  9. tucker November 2nd, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    If Phelps finishes the AFL strong, he may open some eyes and become a trade chip this offseason. I saw his previous start. He lasted four plus innings and gave up two runs. He was sitting low 90s with good command, painting the corners. He also seems like a really competitive kid, too.

  10. Jack Florham November 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    “Deal With It November 2nd, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I would list Nunez and Swisher as those back-ups.”

    You want to pay a healthy, productive player making $10+ million/year to be a back-up??

  11. pat November 2nd, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Love that Cash and the Yankees gets involved and bring attention to good causes.

  12. Deal With It November 3rd, 2011 at 1:19 am

    Jack Florham…..I want to improve the OF if at all possible, where ever possible. If NS is trade bait or relegated to a 4th OF / DH / BU-1B to get that done then so be it. Do you think that NS is going to continue as a NYY after this year at a possible cost ot say $ 12 – $ 15 mil. a year ?

  13. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 6:32 am

    JackCurryYES Jack Curry
    Outside of Jose Cano, @JGuthrie46 described himself as Robinson Cano’s best batting practice pitcher. Funny line from a cool guy

  14. Gary November 3rd, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Morning, read this this morning:

    Cashman’s deal, a source said, is for a slight raise over the $2 million per year he made under his last contract.

    I read the new deal has him making $9M for three years. Nice slight increase, I’d take it.

  15. Villa Nova-Ya November 3rd, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I was reading an article about Jose Reyes in the Star Ledger and came across this:

    “The five-day window cannot be considered a total boon for the Mets. Opposing clubs cannot negotiate with the free agents, but they can call and confirm their interest, as long as they don’t mention contract figures. That makes the exclusive period less of an asset for clubs looking to re-sign players.” (Emphasis added)

    That is something I didn’t know. I thought exclusive meant no other team could even talk to the free agent during those 5 days. I had no idea all it meant another team could talk to your guy as long as they didn’t mention dollars.

  16. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Curious why the Cubs wont even interview Sandberg for that job…..maybe they don’t want to have to fire him if they still stink in a couple of years.

  17. Villa Nova-Ya November 3rd, 2011 at 7:39 am

    blake -

    Didn’t Theo say something about their new manager having to have ML coaching/managerial experience and Sandberg has neither? I thought I read that yesterday?

    But I read Sandberg may interview for the Cardinals managerial job?

  18. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Blake-

    Unless Francona likes the broadcast booth he should have a managing gig soon.

    Think Cards. He’d be a great fit for them. No one could possibly fill La Russa’s shoes but Tito comes close.

    ;)

  19. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 7:45 am

    The Cubs can have Theo Schlepstein.

    The guy is over rated IMO.

  20. upstate kate November 3rd, 2011 at 7:47 am

    good morning all

    Villa
    I heard both those things regarding Sandberg on xm this am.

  21. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 7:51 am

    Are the Yankees showcasing the “mission Impossible” Man ….. Mr. Phelps ?

    Only difference here is that he doesn’t get to “choose” to accept his mission.

    :)

  22. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Villa,

    Yea he did…..I think that’s a cop out though. Something else is going on there ….has to be. Conspiracy! :)

  23. pat November 3rd, 2011 at 7:53 am

    SI_JonHeymanJon Heyman
    According to @DKnobler, lacava turned down orioles because angelos insisted on keeping his acolytes in key roles

    Between Angelos and Buck, the only decision an O’s GM will get to make is what color he would like his office painted. Angelos must make O’s fans insane.

  24. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Is there a Melky Cabrera return in our future or has that ship sailed ?

  25. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I will say this about Theo…..he went to Florida himself to tell Quade he wouldn’t be back….

  26. upstate kate November 3rd, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Pat
    and that would have to be Oriole’s orange :)

  27. Villa Nova-Ya November 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 am

    upstate kate,

    No, he gets to make a choice – Oriole’s orange or Oriole’s black. :)

  28. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 am

    “Is there a Melky Cabrera return in our future or has that ship sailed ?”

    The Royals would ask for Montero.

  29. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Good morning everyone

    MTU-

    Melky-Ship sailed. KC keeping him.
    Theo- Carmine was instrumental in firing him and Francona. from her twitter:
    Carmine the Computer
    @CarmineSoxComp Fenway Park, Boston MA
    I’m Carmine the Computer. I make all the important Red Sox decisions, on or off the field. I run the Sox.

  30. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Blake-

    As you noticed I don’t like the guy. He has an ego the size of Texas.

    Has a teflon reputation. Needs to come down a few pegs so that reality and performance actually match each other.

  31. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Good Morning fellow Yankee Fans

    Please turn up the heat on the ‘Hot Stove.’ NFL is boring, No NBA and I am missing Baseball already and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, months to go………..ugh. :-(

  32. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Probably the same reason Buck Showalter decided not to go upstairs as GM

  33. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:02 am

    YT-

    I doubt that. I think Carmine and Epstein are a love match. Similar personalities.

    Talk about droll.

    ;)

  34. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 8:03 am

    MTU,

    I think he’s extremely overated…..but I do respect that he’s up front with people.

    Vineyard,

    Seriously …..

  35. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Hot Stove might still be a little slow until November 23rd, for Type A FA’s.

    By Tim Dierkes [November 2 at 11:01pm CST]
    Let the bidding begin! Free agents are now allowed to sign with new teams.

    Activity may still be limited this month, however. 55 Type A or B free agents are eligible to be offered arbitration at the November 23rd deadline, based on the Elias rankings. In many cases, teams will wait to see whether an arbitration offer is made before signing a free agent. Say the Pirates want to sign Type A free agent Ramon Hernandez. If they sign him before November 23rd, an arbitration offer becomes assumed, and the Pirates have to give the Reds their second-round pick in the June 2012 draft. They’ll want to see whether the Reds actually offer arbitration, because if not there will be no draft pick compensation.

    This concept matters less for Type B free agents, because the new team doesn’t directly give a draft pick to the old one.

  36. Villa Nova-Ya November 3rd, 2011 at 8:05 am

    blake -

    Re: Sandberg – if I remember correctly, there was a lot of consternation when he wasn’t hired the last time the Cubs changed managers. I don’t recall if he was at least interviewed at that time. He does manage for them in their minor league system, doesn’t he?

    He did. He managed for the Cubs minor league system, but left when he was passed over for Quade. And then last year he managed in the Phillies system.

  37. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Blake-

    I don’t like anything about the guy.

    ;)

  38. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Blake:

    I had a big handful of Fantasy teams, games to watch every day etc. now squat Just want to see a couple of new faces and get rolling again. How are things in your neck of the woods ?

  39. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:12 am

    There might not be a Melky Cabrera in the Yankees future. However would you trade should have been GG Gardner, for GG Alex Gordon? Throw in some AAA pitcher or catcher.

  40. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 8:15 am

    I would think that Sandberg would have to put in his time and pay his dues so to speak before getting a shot in the big show. I believe he has only been managing in the minors 3 or 4 years.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/chic.....id=4214092

  41. pat November 3rd, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Jack Curry
    When Robinson Cano has stood in the on deck circle 2nite, its been akin 2 George Clooney being on the red carpet for a movie premiere

  42. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:16 am

    YT-

    I don’t know enough about Gordon or his salary.

    Hasn’t he had only one good season ?

    They shifted him from 3rd to the OF, correct ?

  43. GreenBeret7 November 3rd, 2011 at 8:17 am

    Villa Nova-Ya November 3rd, 2011 at 8:05 am
    blake -

    Re: Sandberg – if I remember correctly, there was a lot of consternation when he wasn’t hired the last time the Cubs changed managers. I don’t recall if he was at least interviewed at that time. He does manage for them in their minor league system, doesn’t he?

    He did. He managed for the Cubs minor league system, but left when he was passed over for Quade. And then last year he managed in the Phillies system.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    sandberg left the Cubs a couple of years ago to manage the Phillies AAA team.

  44. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 8:18 am

    A neat story about Lou Gehrig and actor Kurt Russell’s Dad.

    http://www.thepostgame.com/blo.....story-tell

  45. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:19 am

    If you have interest in Grady Sizemore this is a good article from the Washington Post:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....ls-journal

  46. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 8:21 am

    MTU

    Gordon was considered a stud when he came up but injuries have hampered him . I believe he was a teammate or close rival / friend of Joba’s in college.

  47. dogface November 3rd, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Re: Gordon’s contract.

    Two more arb years. Hits free agency after 2013 season.

  48. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:24 am

    VY-

    Thanks for the info.

    Is he a current stud, or just a former stud ?

    YT asks about a trade for him.

    I like the Gritster but I think his O is on the cusp. I believe next season
    will be a make or break year for him.

  49. Villa Nova-Ya November 3rd, 2011 at 8:26 am

    GB7 -

    He left right after he was passed over as Piniella’s replacement.

    He thought he was paying his dues. He managed at all levels of their minor leagues, and he got manager of the year honors managing the AAA team.

    That, combined with an HOF career, and a Cubs “lifer” I guess he thought he had a real shot.

    He seemed to be stubborn about not wanted to coach at the ML level as a step toward a managerial job.

    It’s interesting. Don Mattingly coached at the ML level, but the knock on him was that he had no managerial experience at the mL level.

    Guess when it’s not your time, it’s not your time and there will always be a reason that does or doesn’t make sense, depending on what side you fall on.

  50. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Gordon and Joba were teammates at the Univ. of Nebraska and were drafted a year apart. (’05 and ’06 respectively)

  51. Erin November 3rd, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Very cool thing Cashman’s doing

  52. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 8:30 am

    MTU:

    A former stud who has been rejuvenated this past year, should be interesting to see if he can stay healthy and continue his resurgence.

  53. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:31 am

    As it will for Young Master Hughes.

    Make or break year that is IMO.

    Swisher too. Playing for his next contract.

    If the world survives 2012 2013 could be a very interesting year in Yankeeland.

    :)

  54. Erin November 3rd, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Villa Nova-Ya November 3rd, 2011 at 8:05 am
    blake -

    Re: Sandberg ? if I remember correctly, there was a lot of consternation when he wasn?t hired the last time the Cubs changed managers.

    ********************************

    My mom was absolutely furious when he wasn’t hired after Pinella left. Just about every Cubs fan I know wanted Sandberg to be the new manager.

  55. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:32 am

    VY-

    Would you make the trade YT proposed ? Do you think the Yankees would ?

  56. pat November 3rd, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Gordon had the same hip surgery Alex did about a month after him and performed by the same doctor.

  57. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:34 am

    The only reason I mentioned Gardner for Gordon in some trade scenario, is that Gardner could be the everyday leadoff hitter for KC. He’s a better defensive LF’er in getting to balls then Gordon but Gordon has a rocket arm with 20 assissts in LF.

    Gordon came up as a 3rd baseman, has played 1st and was pretty much switched to LF in 2010. He’s 27. He led KC in doubles-45, homers-23, SLG%-.502, OB%- .376 and stole 17 bases.

    KC needs starting pitching, 2nd baseman, help at SS and catcher.

    Would the addition of a AAA starter not named Betances or Banuelos and/or Romine be too much or too little?

  58. Erin November 3rd, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Jack Curry
    When Robinson Cano has stood in the on deck circle 2nite, its been akin 2 George Clooney being on the red carpet for a movie premiere

    ********************

    :D

  59. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Pat-

    In addition to A-Rod having restless leg syndrome he also has wandering eye syndrome.

    :)

  60. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:38 am

    YT-

    What do you think ?

    There you go being a politician again.

    Would you make the trade ? Who would you include ? Would the Yanks ?

    I think the Yankees want to hold onto GGBG for now. Next year will be a make-or-break season for him IMO. His O is on the cusp.

    :)

  61. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Yea….I saw Sandberg manage in AA with the Cubies…..I this k part of it is that if he’s not successful then it coukd get messy and they don’t want to go down that road.

  62. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Forgot that Gordon had hip labrum surgery in May 2009.

    Gordon was the second pick in a draft that produced Ryan Zimmerman, Ryan Braun, and Troy Tulowitzki (Justin Upton was the first pick).

  63. Villa Nova-Ya November 3rd, 2011 at 8:44 am

    blake -

    Same reason the Yankees might’ve been hesitant about Donny M?

  64. Erin November 3rd, 2011 at 8:45 am

    JackCurryYES Taiwan’s Kuo-Hui Lo might have broken his leg after awkward slide into home. He’s a Double A OF’er in Seattle Mariners organization

  65. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:45 am

    YT-

    You know what. I’d much rather talk turkey (even though it ain’t Thanksgiving) with the WS.

    I’m interested in their lefties: Danks, Beurhle, Thornton

    Can we work a deal ?

  66. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Jack Curry
    When Robinson Cano has stood in the on deck circle 2nite, its been akin 2 George Clooney being on the red carpet for a movie premiere.
    ———————————–
    Erin-

    Good morning. Bet you didn’t know that George Clooney had this picture taken with Mantle and Maris. :)

    http://www.google.com/imgres?i.....8;dur=2078

  67. blake November 3rd, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Villa,

    Yes….at least somewhat…..that and Girardi was available and just coming off manager if the year

  68. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:53 am

    It’s Buehrle, no I think he’ll be pursued by the Cubs and will stay in Chicago on a 2 year deal.

    John Danks and take on the last two years of Thornton’s salary, and if I’m Kenny Williams, I make that deal.

    Let me think again who Williams would want or need.

  69. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 8:57 am

    MTU:

    Gardner for Gordon, no simply because Gordon has no track record of staying healthy. In his rookie year of ’07 and last year he played 151 games each year, in between he has played a total of 257 games (86 per year avg.) in the 3 years.

  70. dogface November 3rd, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Let me think again who Williams would want or need

    ==========================

    Pitching.

  71. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 8:58 am

    VY-

    Thanks for the opinion.

    I don’t think the Yankees want to move GGBG at this point.

  72. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 8:46 am

    What a great likeness to George.

  73. Erin November 3rd, 2011 at 9:02 am

    New Post: Eight men out

    :arrow:

  74. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 9:03 am

    What a change of style in Chicago.

    Imagine the difference between playing for a nut job like Ozzie Guillen as opposed to Robin Ventura ?

    Talk about a 180.

    Wowza.

    :)

  75. Vineyard Yankee November 3rd, 2011 at 9:05 am

    MTU:

    Anytime. Don’t you think that the Yankees have their own leadoff issues, which is all the more reason to to keep Gardner along with him being on the cusp ? Not like we have a lot of speed either without Gardner. (Nunez and Grandy excepted)

  76. Yankee Trader November 3rd, 2011 at 9:05 am

    MTU-

    I’m Kenny Williams. Although I’d really like to trade you Alex Rios and/or Adam Dunn I’m not going there. 38M guaranteed left for Rios and 44M guaranteed for Dunn.

    So you want my lefty John Danks, due to be a FA 2012. I’ll be willing to deal him, even though I might lose my other lefty,Buehrle to FA after I offer him arbitration. I’ll move Chris Sale a lefty, into the starting rotation, and no Brian you can’t have him.

    I need help at 3rd and 2nd as Morel and Beckham had subpar years. Wouldn’t mind a catcher if Tyler Flowers falters. I want a relief pitcher,

    So if you want just Danks, I want Noesi, Romine and Nunez. I need major league ready players. If you’re willing to take Thornton and his remaining contract-
    12:$5.5M, 13:$5.5M, 14:$6M club option ($1M buyout), you can keep Nunez.

    Do we have a deal MTU, oops I meant brian?

  77. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 9:10 am

    YT-

    If I’m Cashman my answer is no.

    I’d consider Noesi and Romine for Danks and Thornton but I’m not lettin’ loose of Nunez.

    You can have a 2nd arm, i.e. Phelps, etc., or Adams, pena, or Joseph but I’m keepin’ Nunez because we need him.

    Deal ?

  78. MTU November 3rd, 2011 at 9:11 am

    VY-

    You have a good point there. GGBG needs to improve the O next season.

    .260 isn’t gonna cut it.

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