• Cashman: I’m Clueless & To Blame

    Posted by on August 29th, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Via Anthony Rieber:

    Joe Girardi is safe even if the Yankees don’t make the playoffs, which looks more and more likely every day. He doesn’t need a vote of confidence.

    But general manager Brian Cashman gave him one anyway Thursday and blamed himself for the sorry state of the Yankees.

    Asked how much of this is on his shoulders, Cashman said: “All of it. Bottom line, I’m the general manager. So if you want, we can clear this out of the way: This is not a Joe Girardi issue.”

    “I put together a club that is where it’s at, and I’m responsible for that,” Cashman said. “Cut through all the red tape and stuff, I think Girardi’s done a tremendous job given what has occurred. And he continues to try to remain upbeat with this coaching staff to try to keep these players up and to try to perform up to their abilities.

    “That’s frustrating for all of us, but the buck stops right here with me. And I’d say it shouldn’t go any farther than that. My job is to put it together, my job is to fix what’s broken and my job is obviously frustrating the hell out of me right now, to be honest. Because I just believe we’re better than this.”

    Asked if he could put his finger on why the Yankees have underperformed, Cashman said: “If I knew why, I would’ve fixed it. Unfortunately, it’s my job to put it together and then fix what’s broke, and obviously I have not been able to figure that out.

    “I do know one thing. This team is trying, they are not laying down. That’s a fact. They do care, they want to win, and for some reason it’s just not happening.”

    …I put together a club that is where it’s at, and I’m responsible for that…

    …it’s my job to put it together and then fix what’s broke, and obviously I have not been able to figure that out…

    Well, then, maybe it’s time for the Yankees to hire someone who can figure it out and then fix it?

    And, this doesn’t mean that I would necessarily fire Cashman. Maybe I would “promote” Brian to the title of “President” and then have the new G.M. report into him. Why not?

    Brian Cashman has value. He understands New York. He can navigate through the Yankees organization. He’s polished. He can take a punch. There’s nothing wrong with having Brian Cashman as the face of the front office – and being the person on point between the owners, the team, the media and the fans. It’s just that, by his own admission (here), building a championship level baseball team and being able to fix one that is not there, is not something that Cashman is very good at…so, why not get someone in here who can do a better job at it?

    Comments on Cashman: I’m Clueless & To Blame

    1. Jake1
      August 29th, 2008 | 10:45 am

      The time has come for a change at GM.

      He’s had a good decade long run. But this team needs a change.

      They need someone who can actually evaluate pitching and make big decisions.

    2. August 29th, 2008 | 10:54 am

      I’ll say the same thing I said at the end of last season about Torre.

      You shouldn’t let a guy go unless you have a ready-made replacement.

      I’m not sure one exists, so if that’s the case, better to keep the devil you know.

    3. August 29th, 2008 | 11:00 am

      Isn’t promoting him and keeping him one in the same?

    4. Raf
      August 29th, 2008 | 11:08 am

      So this is the first time the Yanks don’t make the playoffs since 1995, and all of a sudden Cashman doesn’t know how to build a championship team?

      The 2007 playoff team

      *Bobby Abreu
      #Melky Cabrera
      *Robinson Cano
      *Johnny Damon
      Shelley Duncan
      *Jason Giambi
      Derek Jeter
      *Hideki Matsui
      *Doug Mientkiewicz
      #Jorge Posada
      Alex Rodriguez
      *Bronson Sardinha

      *Andy Pettitte
      Philip Hughes
      Chien-Ming Wang
      Mike Mussina
      Mariano Rivera
      Joba Chamberlain
      Roger Clemens
      Kyle Farnsworth
      Ross Ohlendorf
      Luis Vizcaino
      Jose Veras
      *Ron Villone

      Most of those guys came back in 2008. At least the important ones did.

      If you’re going to let the man go, fine, doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. But give a good reason to cut him loose.

      Personally, I think he should get the benefit of the doubt for 2008, considering his track record. You know, playoffs every year, a couple of pennants, a couple of world series, a few division titles…

    5. October 1st, 2008 | 12:18 am

      [...] Brian Cashman has some great qualities. As I wrote back on August 29, 2008: Brian Cashman has value. He understands New York. He can navigate through the Yankees [...]

    6. April 12th, 2009 | 10:59 pm

      [...] for Cashman? Hey, that’s an interesting one. As I have said in the past: Brian Cashman has value. He understands New York. He can navigate through the Yankees [...]

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