After three nights in an upscale Milwaukee hotel, Brian Cashman spent last night sleeping on the street in Times Square to bring awareness to the struggles of homeless youth.
“There are some sad, powerful stories that exist that create a feeling of hopelessness,” Cashman told the New York Daily News. “We’re trying to communicate that homeless doesn’t mean hopeless. There are very tragic circumstances, but these kids are just amazing. They just need help getting back on track.”
Cashman is heavily involved with Covenant House and was taking part in the CEO Solidarity Sleepout.
A few other notes and links…
• Dave Robertson and his wife Erin were honored at Winning Beyond Winning’s annual Gil Hodges Legacy Dinner. Erik Boland was there, and wrote that Robertson is still hungry after his breakout, all-star season. “It’s the big leagues, it’s the New York Yankees,” Robertson said. “I don’t want to get beat and not do well because I’m not prepared. I’m going to train as hard as I can. I’m going to hold my ground and try to keep my spot.”
• Anytime a former star hits the market as a potential risk-reward bargain, that player becomes an instant and lasting topic of discussion. This winter, Grady Sizemore fits the description, but he’s reportedly in serious talks to return to Cleveland.
• Former Yankees long reliever Lance Pendleton has signed a minor league deal with the Astros. It was the Astros who took Pendleton in the Rule 5 draft last winter, then the Astros signed him after the Yankees DFAd him during the season.
• The Yankees have re-signed minor league reliever Grant Duff. Injuries knocked him off track, but a couple of years ago he was starting to make a name for himself with a big fastball in the upper levels. Not saying you should put him at the top of your prospect list, but he still has a chance to make some noise and gain traction, kind of like Kevin Whelan did last season.
• Speaking of minor league signings: Former first-rounder Eric Duncan has signed with the Royals. He had a nice year with the Cardinals Double-A affiliate last season. Another familiar name, Sean Henn, has signed with the Mariners. Joe Thurston — CC Sabathia’s cousin — has signed with the Astros, who are stockpiling 4-A players.
• Just a heads up that Donnie Collins is back to some Yankees blogging over in Scranton. Donnie’s a welcome perspective on this organization, but lately he’s had his hands full with his other beat: Penn State football.