• Cash: I Don’t Know What Set Hank Off

    Posted by on April 21st, 2008 · Comments (9)

    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.

    Comments on Cash: I Don’t Know What Set Hank Off

    1. baileywalk
      April 21st, 2008 | 4:15 pm

      How do you know that the first thing Cashman did wasn’t pick up the phone and say, “Hank, wtf? Why are you bringing up Joba in the rotation right now?”

      All we have is a someone calling Cashman and him giving them a quote.

      What we read in the newspapers is about 1 percent of what actually goes on.

      Basically Hank’s mouth put Cashman in the position to have to play damage control again. This will be a two-day (minimum) story on ESPN.

    2. Rich
      April 21st, 2008 | 4:25 pm

      Alternatively, Hal may have called Cash and said: “Would you please make a public statement that splashes the cold water of reality on my brother’s impetuous face?”

    3. April 21st, 2008 | 4:39 pm

      Jamies Moyer’s ERA+ the last 5 years:

      2004: 87
      2005: 98
      2006: 104
      2007: 92
      2008: 87

      Mike Mussina’s ERA+ the last 5 years:

      2004: 98
      2005: 96
      2006: 129
      2007: 87
      2008: 73

      Looks like he’s already pitching like Jamie Moyer to me, only there’s two problems for Mussina: one: he’s in the AL and not the NL, and two: Jamie Moyer sucks now

    4. April 21st, 2008 | 4:39 pm

      baileywalk – IF Cash had called Hank, etc., then, clearly, when asked for a comment he would have said “This is an internal matter that Hank and I have discussed today and we prefer to keep it an internal matter.” Right? But, he didn’t say that – so, we have to assume that he never called him.

    5. Rich
      April 21st, 2008 | 5:10 pm

      I don’t think that we can necessarily assume anything.

    6. MJ
      April 21st, 2008 | 5:17 pm

      But, he didn’t say that – so, we have to assume that he never called him.
      I agree, we can’t assume anything. But I can also see Steve’s point here. It doesn’t help the team if Cashman is perceived as “talking back” to HankenStein, even if everything is peachy behind the scenes.

    7. butchie22
      April 21st, 2008 | 5:42 pm

      I’m very perplexed with the whole Hank vs Cashman mess.Didn’t Boston have the better offer according to the Twins?For the Yankees to get Santanna not only would they would have to give up a gaggle of players they would have had to shell out 125 million dollars!So then the Yanks would be in a similar situation where the Mets have absolutely NO TRADE FLEXIBILTY!The Mets have no more chips AT ALL!Yeah,I know that money comes off the payroll next year BUT the payroll would have been 231 million and prorated over 300 million!?That’s insane.THEN the fourth and fifth starters would have been Mussina AND Igawa.WOW!That looks like a contending team NOT!

      I don’t think Cashman wants to come back,it’s kinda obvious from his attitude!So far the Youth movement hasn’t worked BUT the season isn’t over yet…..let’s see if Santanna makes the whole season and if the kids can give them something.Anyway,it looks like Cashman will leave and then Hank can chew out Oppenheimer or whomever wants to be a Steinbrenner pinata!

    8. Rich
      April 21st, 2008 | 7:53 pm


      It all depends on where Hal stands, and the last public indication we had is that he is in lock step with Cashman.

    9. May 23rd, 2008 | 11:48 am

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