Via Newsday -
“Joba’s staying in the bullpen right now,” [Brian Cashman] told Newsday in a telephone conversation this morning. “That’s where we’re at. [Putting him in the rotation is] not something that’s going to happen here early on, and [Hank] knows that. We’ve talked about it. I don’t know what set him off.”
“If you had bet on the kids doing great out of the gate, it wouldn’t necessarily be a safe bet, but we’re betting on them in the long-term, not necessarily in the short term,” Cashman said. “We’re certainly not playing up to our capabilities after 20 games . . . we made our decisions (in the off-season) and our season is now under way. It’s way too early to start making judgments on anything.”
Interesting. So, the voice of ownership and the G.M. are now having discussions via the media. Maybe Hank should have not popped off on this? Sure, that’s a valid point. But, Cashman is making a mistake by answering Hank via the media with “I don’t know what set him off.”
Pick up the phone. Call Hank. Work it through that way and then see if you can get Hank to come out with a follow-up that will smooth things out. But, if you’re going to play dueling pistols through the newspapers, that’s a big mistake. Many have tried that in the past in Yankeeland; and, at the end of the day, the Steinbrenners always get the last word.
Well, at the least, Cashman didn’t play the “One’s a born liar and the other one’s a convicted liar” card. That’s a go straight to jail card, for sure. Go ask Billy.
Who knows? Maybe Cashman knows this is the end of the line and he doesn’t care about coming back to the Yankees any more? That’s the only reason to play the “papers” game now.