[Thanks to a WasWatching.com reader for an e-mail tip to this first story.]
From Tracy Ringolsby -
The news: Yankees owner George Steinbrenner singled out GM Brian Cashman for the ongoing struggles of the Yankees, who responded by losing the next four games.
Tracy’s Take: Word is there are those in the organization — the same ones who a year ago convinced Steinbrenner to lay off manager Joe Torre — who are now trying to get him to back off Cashman.
Truth is, however, there is a major division developing in the New York office of Yankees management. Yes, two years ago Cashman won a power struggle with the Tampa brass, getting total control, but all is not well.
Joe Kerrigan, who was a clubhouse mole when he was on the coaching staff in Montreal, Boston and Baltimore, is now filling that role in the Bronx, eroding what had been a strong relationship between Torre and Cashman, according to several close to the Yankee world.
It has led to communication breakdowns between Cashman and Torre, who had worked so well together, and it hasn’t been helped by the return of Joe Girardi to the organization as a broadcaster. Girardi, whom one Yankee confidant says spent as much time upstairs as in the clubhouse when he was a coach two years ago, is now a regular up at the Yankee offices, and has his name being floated as a possible replacement to Torre.
Word of warning for those who think Torre is planning to retire anytime soon. Torre’s associates say he wants to manage the Bombers in at least the first year in the new stadium.
In July of 2005, Cashman went out and got Kerrigan. In October of 2005, the love connection between Kerrigan and Cashman was strong. This got me wondering if Cashman was using Kerrigan to get Torre out and Girardi in…then I saw this update from Tracy Ringolsby:
Yankee general manager Brian Cashman said he was surprised at a FOXsports.com article questioning his relationship with manager Joe Torre. Cashman also denied he has had involvement this season with former Yankee coach Joe Girardi, now a Yankee broadcaster.
“Joe (Torre) and I are as close as we have always been and Girardi has not spent any time in the front office since he has been here with the television,” said Cashman.
“I have only seen (Girardi) once, and that was when the team was in Texas. He has been as off-property as he can be. When he was here as a coach he would come upstairs, but it was to look at videos of players.”
Cashman said his relationship with Torre has never wavered during the team’s struggles this year.
“We are as tight as we always have been,” said Cashman. “I’ve taken responsibility for what has happened and Joe has taken responsibility.”
It’s really a soap opera these days in Yankeeland, huh?