First, don’t forget we’re doing a chat today at noon. Unless you’re going to be stuck in a room while appealing a massive steroid suspension, I hope you’ll be able to stop by for a while.
Second, the video above is Brian Cashman’s response to the first two questions of yesterday’s end-of-the-season press conference. It’s a lot of big-picture stuff, including this line: “We weren’t good enough, period. We are where we belong, which is on the outside looking in.”
Third, it seems safe to assume that today is this offseason’s first significant meeting between Cashman and an agent. He’s having lunch with Joe Girardi’s agent, Steve Mandell. Cashman actually gave reporters a heads up that he won’t be returning phone calls seeking comment on the lunch.
“We’re entering sensitive conversations,” Cashman said.
But this much is clear, the Yankees are going after Girardi. Forget about any long-shot idea that the team might move on after Girardi missed the postseason for the second time in six years. The Yankees very clearly want Girardi back.
“I know that because of the challenges this year presented to this organization — the amount of players that we had to use and find and replace on the run — there were more people to manage, people to welcome and let go,” Cashman said. “He has obviously gotten a lot of notoriety for keeping everything in check. I personally believe he has been exceptional ever since we’ve had him. I don’t feel this year was an outlier to other years. From your perspective, maybe that’s different, but I can tell you he’s been extremely consistent from day one with us. He’s been the same and has done a great job every year.
“Obviously the talent that he had to work with this year was significantly less than other years, but he still remained the same from my perspective. I thought this year was the same as other years. The job as a manager is to make sure these guys fight and compete on a daily basis, stay motivated, stay hungry. … This year was unique in a lot of different ways, and he was able to still maintain that leadership, keep these guys hungry and motivated and not give up. They never did. I never saw that. Thumbs up. I thought he did a great job. Him and his staff.”
Confidence that Girardi feels the same way about the Yankees and would like to return?
“I think he likes it here,” Cashman said. “I’m not speaking for Joe, but I think if you’re good at what you do, you’ll have opportunities to stay. He’s definitely going to have that. We’re going to give him a real good reason to stay. He’s earned that through his six years with us so far. I can’t speak to other opportunities; we can’t control what other options or interests may be out there. If you’re good at what you do, people are going to have some interest. You can’t predict the future on that; you can only control your side of it. I feel we hired a good one. He’s been a world champion player for us, a coach, a broadcaster, and obviously a world champion manager. We’ve benefitted from having him, and we’d like to do that going forward.”