Before you get your feathers in a bunch – relax, sometimes a “not another” thing can be interesting.
I’ve been critical of Brian Cashman, at times – yes, this is a given. Since (next week) I am scheduled to have a “guest” feature at another blog, which will mention Cashman, and, since I’ve noticed that other blogs are tending to reference some of my former critiques of Brian, I thought this is probably a good time to clear the air regarding any assumptions that folks may have about my position on Brian Cashman – and his role of G.M. of the Yankees.
First, personally, I have nothing against Brian Cashman, “the man.” He seems like a nice person. And, he’s never done anything to me. In fact, I believe that he probably deserves a medal for working under George Steinbrenner over the last twenty years.
As a fan, I love what Big Stein does for the Yankees. He wants to win and he’s willing to spend to make it happen. What more can a fan ask from an owner? But, as a “boss,” well, I’ve worked for some people who were just like George is reported to be…and, I couldn’t do it for long, in each case. If I worked for Big Stein, when he was in his prime, I probably would have had a breakdown, quit, slugged him, or been fired. Shoot, probably all of those things would have happened if I worked for George – even with me being a huge Yankees fan.
But, Cashman has hung in there, all these years, under Steinbrenner. That’s impressive.
Nonetheless, here’s the issue for me with Brian Cashman. While he’s a good administrator, he’s not a good evaluator. And, while he’s capable of being a caretaker, he’s not an architect.
Now, I know that many Yankees fans have no issue with what Cashman is not – and they are more than happy with what he is, etc. But, me? I’m greedy. I think the best team in the big leagues should have one of the best, if not the best, G.M.’s in the majors. I want someone who has no shortcomings when it comes to evaluating talent and who does not have to rely almost completely on others for help in this area. And, I want someone who builds a winner – and not someone who is just good at running with something that was built by someone else.
I don’t want a G.M. who needs to be defended with comments like “Well, it seemed like a good move at the time” or “There were no other options when it happened.” That’s the old “luck” defense – meaning that it didn’t work out because of “something” outside of the decision making process.
I believe that luck is the residue of design – and, further, luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
But, again, that’s me. Your mileage may vary. Heck, in fact, you may not agree with my assessment of Cashman – or my position of what skills are preferable in a G.M.
That’s all fine. And, I would hope that those who don’t share the same opinion on this would be willing to agree to disagree, and leave it at that. Further, I would hope that people would understand that I’m not a “Cashman Hater” – because, again, I have nothing personal against him…it’s just that I do not believe Brian Cashman is the ideal G.M. for a baseball team. I’d love to hang out with him some time. I’m sure we have many things in common. If he wanted to become part of my circle of friends, that would be fine.
Just one heads-up, if that happens, Cash. Be prepared to get some good ribbing about Weaver, Vazquez, Brown, Pavano, Igawa and some others. After all, what are friends for?