One interesting coincidence about the obvious comparison being made today…
Looks like it was exactly seven years ago — to the day — that Brian Cashman suggested Bubba Crosby could be the Yankees starting center fielder in 2006.
“Center field is not easy to fill,” Cashman said on November 30, 2005. “That’s why I continue to say that Bubba Crosby could very well be that guy. I know he’s sitting at home somewhere saying, ‘I hope they don’t do anything.'”
Of course, roughly a month later, the Yankees signed Johnny Damon, and within a year Crosby was out of the organization.
Question is: Given the Yankees financial limitations going forward, was there reason to believe Cashman today when he said another unproven in-house backup — Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli, etc. — could be a Yankees regular next season? Does Cervy stand a better chance than Bubba?