• Damon Oppenheimer

    Posted by on September 21st, 2005 · Comments (10)

    Bob Nightengale speculates on Cashman’s survival rate:

    Brian Cashman, Yankees

    • Survival odds: 25%

    Cashman, the most popular GM among his peers, has grown tired of being owner George Steinbrenner’s whipping boy. Then again, if the Yankees don’t make the playoffs, Steinbrenner won’t give him a choice.

    Cashman is telling friends that he is gone. He would love to work in Baltimore, apparently figuring that even with Angelos and his sons running the show, Camden Yards would be like Club Med compared to dealing with Steinbrenner.

    Prediction: Cashman departs, and vice president Damon Oppenheimer replaces him.

    So, who is Damon Oppenheimer? From a recent Madden column:

    Oppenheimer, 43, played college baseball at USC and then joined the San Diego Padres (where his mother, Priscilla, was director of minor league operations) as an amateur scout. He was hired by the Yankees in 1994 as a cross-checker in their player development department, but he managed to get himself assigned to Michael’s major league postseason scouting team.

    “Stick was like a mentor to him,” said one Yankee organization man, referring to Michael. “But after time, Damon kind of separated himself from him as he rose in power down in Tampa.”

    Ever see the movie Coneheads? If you did, do you remember the character of the suck-up INS Agent played by David Spade? Why can’t I get that image out of my head when I’m reading that summary on Damon Oppenheimer?

    Comments on Damon Oppenheimer

    1. September 21st, 2005 | 6:58 pm

      For what it’s worth, Oppy did a great job with the draft this year.

    2. James Varghese
      September 21st, 2005 | 10:14 pm

      weeping & gnashing of teeth on the other side may commence.

    3. James Varghese
      September 21st, 2005 | 10:18 pm

      Weeping & gnashing of teeth may now commence…:)

      Now they just have to hold everyone else off…that shouldn’t be TOO hard

    4. DFLNJ
      September 21st, 2005 | 10:29 pm

      Truly a great night in Pinstripe Territory!

    5. September 21st, 2005 | 11:21 pm

      //For what it’s worth, Oppy did a great job with the draft this year.//

      Cliff – can we say that only 3 months later? Don’t you have to wait at least 2 years, maybe 5, to make that call?

    6. Raf
      September 22nd, 2005 | 9:52 am

      Yes, it’s a long way from A-Ball to The Show

    7. Raf
      September 22nd, 2005 | 9:54 am

      Re: Oppenheimer, seems that he’s made out to be some kind of weasel. While that may be great as an agent, I wouldn’t want that trait to be in a GM

    8. JohnnyC
      September 22nd, 2005 | 12:25 pm

      I’d be careful in putting too much faith in anything Bill Madden says. There are many sides to the scrum that’s going on in the Yankees’ front office, not just “the good guys” vs. “the bad guys.” Let’s not forget that Joe Torre was not hired by Gene Michael or any of the “good guys.” We would still be managed by someone like Buck Showalter (or Stump Merrill), for better or worse. And if one of the “bad guys” had been heeded, the guy who’s going to win the MVP award most likely would be wearing pinstripes today. But “good guy” Cashman objected to “bad guy” Bill Emslie’s suggestion to sign David Ortiz after the 2002 season. Something about too many 1B-DH types on the roster. My point is the real story is not clearcut on who’s to blame and who gets credit. Let’s not fall under the truck just because some media type gets backstage cues from one or more of the “players” in the Yankees’ bizarre melodrama.

    9. Philly Phil
      September 22nd, 2005 | 12:36 pm

      I knew we would end up with a Damon one way or another!

    10. susan
      October 12th, 2005 | 5:11 pm

      “Oppy?” Emslie is a “good guy?” OK, so you’re on
      the inside, and the rest of us are victims of mis-
      information. Must be nice to be on the gravy train.

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