Harvey Araton, via his feature in the Times on Omar Minaya, talks about the Yankees Brian Cashman:
Nor will we see any more of the team Cashman built for more than $200 million, its payroll ever rising during an eight-year fade from World Series champion to wild-card contender. Like Minaya, Cashman is an earnest, likeable man. Unlike Minaya, he seldom seems to be called out or held publicly accountable for mistakes — and there have been enough in recent years that would have devastated franchises with lesser payrolls, including the Mets.
Cashman, of course, gets credit for presiding over three championship teams — probably more credit than he deserves given that he inherited the players central to the Yankees’ 1998-2000 success. He gets sympathy points for having to deal with the impetuousness of the Steinbrenners, George to Hank. But granted autonomy on the Johan Santana call last winter, he decided to pass, and that probably doomed Yankee Stadium to a silent final October.
Through it all, the Yankees appear to want Cashman back and he may be sitting pretty, with options elsewhere.
First of all, kudos to Araton for being dead-on here about Cashman. More and more, you see references among the media and bloggers that truly reflect Cashman’s performance as Yankees G.M. – and, perhaps, someday, everyone will “get it.”
The part, here, about Cashman having options got me thinking this evening. Yes, sure, there have been suggestions that Cashman, if he leaves the Yankees, could end up working for the Mariners, Phillies or Nationals…or maybe even the Dodgers. But, it would not shock me, if he left New York, to see Brian Cashman end up working for ESPN – much like Steve Phillips did after he left the Mets. And, should Cashman make such a career move, he just might be pretty good at it. But, I’m not sure if ESPN would want two “former G.M.’s” working at the same time…so, maybe it’s something that won’t happen?