Via Neil Best -
Brian Cashman still hasn’t read Joe Torre’s book, “The Yankee Years,” in which he is prominently featured, but he hinted yesterday at significant frustration with what he has read and heard is in it.
“I can tell you the Yankee years that I lived are different than maybe what’s been depicted in that book. Let’s just leave it at that,” he said on WFAN. But Cashman did not leave it at that.
When Mike Francesa asked Cashman about his relationship with Torre, he spoke in the past tense about what was “as good a relationship as any manager and general manager have had, probably in the history of the game. That’s the Yankee years I lived.”
Cashman said the two have not spoken since Torre called him from Hawaii the day tidbits from the book first were leaked.
Told that one theme is the lack of support Torre perceived from Cashman toward the end, Cashman said, “I supported Joe Torre every step of the way while he was here. I probably would say I would be in the Hall of Fame of support of a manager from a general manager’s standpoint.
“So I can sleep well at night knowing that I had his back every step of the way.”
As for Torre’s perception that Cashman became a Moneyball-style slave to statistics, he said, “I would use every tool in the toolbox, and I have always used every tool in the toolbox, so I would disagree with that as well.
“I’m definitely not a number-cruncher. I use numbers. I use feel. I use gut. I use all aspects of it.”
Cashman initially did not answer when asked if he was “hurt” by the book, but he eventually said this:
“The one thing it sounds like I’m disappointed in from that book side of it is the fact the Yankee years I lived, we are so transparent that everybody knows what my failures were, but I also had a lot of successes here, too, and it doesn’t sound like any of that stuff shows up in any books.”
…we are so transparent that everybody knows what my failures were, but I also had a lot of successes here, too, and it doesn’t sound like any of that stuff shows up in any books…
“..doesn’t sound like any of that stuff shows up in any books”?
Any? Really? Maybe G.M. Thin Skin should write his own book?