• Abraham Q&A With Cashman

    Posted by on March 30th, 2008 · Comments (4)

    In case you’re one of the few to miss it, you should check out Peter Abraham’s fan Q&A with Brian Cashman. I loved what Cash said about Brett Gardner.

    For the record, I sent Pete a question as a suggestion. It was not used. Here’s the question from me:

    Brian, last season you elected to feature two question-marks in the starting rotation, Pavano and Igawa, and it backfired. Luckily, you were able to go out on the market to pick up Roger Clemens as a band-aid last year – albeit an expensive one. This season, you’ve elected to feature two question-marks in the rotation again, Hughes and Kennedy, along with a quasi-question mark in Mussina. If some of these question-marks in the rotation fail this season, what’s your contingency plan for this year – without having a Clemens type out there to fall back on?

    Shame, I really would have liked to have heard what Brian’s plan was for this season on this matter.

    Comments on Abraham Q&A With Cashman

    1. Rich
      March 30th, 2008 | 11:11 am

      The difference between the 2007 and 2008 question marks is that the 2008 version do not have a history of malingering, like Paavano, nor are they not trying to make the transition to another culture and style of play, like Igawa. Instead, in making the transition from MiLB, they are following the path that virtually every pitcher in the history of MLB has traversed. Consequently, both Hughes and IPK are much more projectable. Additionally, sustaining an injury, like Pavano did, is a risk that every pitcher in MLB faces, so in that sense, they are all question makes.

      Lastly, as Cash said said repeatedly, 2008 is a year of transition. As a result, their decision making process is not only based on what is the best interests of the team for this year, but the succeeding years as well. That means that the expectations for Hughes and IPK are different than they were for Igawa and Pavano. So the word “fail” doesn’t have an analogous connotation.

      Mussina is a more apt comparison because in some ways, like Igawa and Pavano, he is largely on the roster as a result of his contract.

      Anyway, the contingency plans are probably in the minor leagues. although I’m sure that Cash, as always, will do his due diligence with regard to the pitchers that might be available at the major league level, including perhaps, Freddy Garcia.

      I’m fairly confident that Cash would have given you a very similar answer.

    2. antone
      March 30th, 2008 | 12:02 pm

      Steve, I think you could have worded your question differently and perhaps Pete would have used it. I don’t think Cashman is going to answer any question that refers to his own players as question marks and band-aids and says the plan backfired. Obviously we know that is THE TRUTH but it’s not a very professional question.

      If you had simply just asked the question by saying, what if the young guys and Mussina struggle, then what is the contigency plan? I think that would have been more respectful to the players and Cashman and then Pete may have used it.

      Of course he always could have changed the wording himself, so maybe he just didn’t like the topic???

    3. Straylightrise
      March 31st, 2008 | 4:37 am

      Steve,

      Cash’s plan is called the Carl Pavano Comeback.

      Carl Pavano for Cy Young

    4. A Tampa Yankee in King George's Court
      March 31st, 2008 | 12:04 pm

      Steve

      I think you may be giving Cashman too much credit in saying that he had a backup plan. I dont believe that he had Clemens as a backup, in fact, I assume Cashman didnt even want Clemens if not for the Steinbrenners. And this year, his backup plan if Hughes, Kenney and Mussina struggle will be to claim it is growing pains and accept a playoffless season. Remember, this was they guy who was prepared to let A-Rod go rather than attempt to resign him after A-rod opted out, and was using Betemit as his “backup”. If it wasnt so farfetched, I would guess Cashman’s goal is to run this once great franchise into the ground.

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