• Cashman Claims He’s Numb To Peer’s Criticism

    Posted by on December 18th, 2008 · Comments (7)

    Via Ken Davidoff:

    “What skill does it take to run the Yankees?” asked an official of a small-market team. “Just outbid everyone by 30 to 40 million, and get executive of the year if you win. Get fired if you don’t. I’d rather do it our way where you actually need some creative thought process and old-school scouting.”

    Brian Cashman, who has touted expensive pitching acquisitions plenty of times before yesterday, returned partly to take ownership of his Yankees legacy. So it didn’t surprise yesterday that he voiced frustration over the latest round of criticism.

    “What bothers me is, no matter what we do, we get criticized,” Cashman said. “While we’re going through a youth movement, you hear, ‘The Yankees can’t do that, developing kids. They shouldn’t be developing guys.’

    ” … I just think we made a smart play. It’s as simple as that. It kind of gets on both ends. If we didn’t [sign Sabathia], then all of a sudden it’s, ‘Why wouldn’t they have?’ If we did, it’s, ‘Jeez!’ I’ve gotten numb to that.”

    Yes, but, is he comfortably numb?

    Comments on Cashman Claims He’s Numb To Peer’s Criticism

    1. December 19th, 2008 | 7:21 am

      Brian’s act is more than a little old. He apparently, doesn’t have a clue how lucky he is.

    2. MJ
      December 19th, 2008 | 9:14 am

      I’m on the fence about this one. On the one hand, he has a point about being criticized on both ends. On the other hand, there is certainly at least a little bit of truth to the notion that his job is impervious to some of the risks/dangers that some of his peers encounter.

      I think Cashman realizes how lucky he is. If he didn’t, he’d have left for a city and a team that was more low-profile.

    3. Raf
      December 19th, 2008 | 9:40 am

      On the other hand, there is certainly at least a little bit of truth to the notion that his job is impervious to some of the risks/dangers that some of his peers encounter.
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      Also, he doesn’t have to deal with some of the nonsense other GMs have to deal with.

    4. MJ
      December 19th, 2008 | 9:45 am

      Also, he doesn’t have to deal with some of the nonsense other GMs have to deal with.
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      Agree completely. He’s got one of the worst and most dysfunctional ownership groups in all of sports.

      His job is unique, in both very good and very bad ways.

    5. December 19th, 2008 | 10:47 am

      Let’s face it, GMs have been looking better than they actually are since Day One of the free agency system.

    6. MJ
      December 19th, 2008 | 11:14 am

      Let’s face it, GMs have been looking better than they actually are since Day One of the free agency system.
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      Or worse, depending on the moves. Andruw Jones for $36M? Barry Zito for $126M?

    7. butchie22
      December 19th, 2008 | 1:47 pm

      Also, he doesn’t have to deal with some of the nonsense other GMs have to deal with. Quote from Raf

      Raf as much as I criticize the Yankee GM he had to deal with George’s crap for tons of years and he did a good job of that. He also has the NYC press which is brutal and quite frankly he should pull a JP Ricciardi and be on the radio every week and take calls from fans that want to grill him on his moves.
      One thing,he has is tons and tons of money at his disposal and that is something that he is scared to leave(the Yankee honey pot).

      I’m on the fence about this one. On the one hand, he has a point about being criticized on both ends. On the other hand, there is certainly at least a little bit of truth to the notion that his job is impervious to some of the risks/dangers that some of his peers encounter. Quote from MJ

      In some way, the other GMs would love to have that 200 million payroll(envy) and some have seen what a mediocre job Cash Man has done with all the money in terms of drafting, signing free agents, ets so on. You mentioned the Jones signing by Colletti( he has had a lot of bad signings) and Zito, can you imagine if Sabean and Colletti had Cash Man’s money? Intuitively, as Mad Dog used to say the Giants could get Manny or Arod and still be under the luxury tax threshold. ON the other hand, would they make stupider decisions(like Cash Man) based upon relying on money to solve all their problems? We will probably find out what the case is when Cash Man finally leaves( hopefully it’s sooner rather than later).

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