• Reynolds: Theo Good, Cashman Not

    Posted by on October 20th, 2008 · Comments (6)

    Bill Reynolds of The Providence Journal says that Theo Epstein knows what he’s doing and Brian Cashman does not.

    Well, it may be true, but, at least Cashman doesn’t pose as a rhythm guitar rock-star wannabe and he’s never snuck out of his office in a gorilla suit…

    So, while you may never see Cashman do a great job building a baseball team, you’ll also never see him embarrass himself acting like a “Gong Show” reject at times too…

    Hey, that’s good for something, no?

    Comments on Reynolds: Theo Good, Cashman Not

    1. Pat F
      October 21st, 2008 | 12:29 am

      “So, while you may never see Cashman do a great job building a baseball team…”

      i know this isn’t the primary point of your post, but since you brought it up, i wanted to ask you a question i’ve been meaning to.

      if, in the next 2-3 years, the yankees do experience success under cashman, will you give him credit, or will it be “every squirell finds a nut sometimes” in your eyes?

      let’s say the yankees win 2 divisions, a pennant, and a world series in the next three years, doing it cashman’s way, with essentially all cashman players. will you praise him for this, or find a way to diminish his role in the success?

      just curious. i’d ask what your thoughts will be if the yankees continue to plateu or even get worse, but i think i already know the answer!

    2. October 21st, 2008 | 6:16 am

      I would be more than happy to give Cashman credit, and admit that I was wrong, should the Yankees win a ring in the next 3 years and it was something that was the result of Cashman’s work.

    3. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      October 21st, 2008 | 9:32 am

      But you will nevertheless parse exactly what was Cashman’s doing and what came out of Tampa.

    4. MJ
      October 21st, 2008 | 9:38 am

      I would be more than happy to give Cashman credit…should the Yankees win a ring…and it was something that was the result of Cashman’s work.
      ————–
      Look at that qualification right there. When the Red Sox win the World Series, you don’t have people saying “well Theo deserves 27% of the credit, his scouts deserve 44% of the credit, etc.” If the Yanks win the WS, Cashman gets the credit PERIOD. You can’t blame him for EVERYTHING when they don’t win but only give him SOME of the credit if they do win.

      A GM is, for all intents and purposes, the CEO of the on-field baseball stuff covering both the MLB and MiLB universe. It is implied that when you give credit to a GM, that you’re giving credit to his staff of assistants, scouts, and coaches as well.

    5. butchie22
      October 21st, 2008 | 9:51 am

      Can’t judge Epstein on wearing a monkey suit AND playing a Gibson with Peter Gammons. I wish that Cash Man would dress like one of the Banana Splits, then maybe he’d actually do something cool! Cash Man is a flea right now compared to Theo. He has so much more money to spend on payroll, drafting etc so on. Look at the recent results. Theo took over in 2003 and the next year they win a World Series and the Yankees have progressively gone in the tank not fufilling that idiotic mission statement. Cash Man loves to use that under “his charge” garbage. This club has presumably been 100% under his charge since 2005 and what has happened?

      Once I Was we actually need to rip Cash Man for the last three years where he supposedly has total control. We can look at what happened previously BUT note that Brain (sic) Cash Man has all the power. The recent failures have happened under his watch SO he gets the blame……

    6. Pat F
      October 21st, 2008 | 10:16 am

      ok cool, thanks steve. at this point i think it would be difficult to say anything is not cashman’s work. it’s not like if we experience success all year, win 97 games and the division, and then jeter and mo (there before cash) carry us in october to a world series we can start to break down how responsible or not responsible cashman is for that success. i think it’s on the gm if the team fails, and likewise on him if they win, no breakdown or qualification of responsibility.

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