• November 2009 Survey Question #1

    Posted by on November 3rd, 2009 · Comments (2)

    Here’s one requested by WasWatching.com reader Left Coast Mike

    Please consider taking the following poll:

    {democracy:81}

    Thanks in advance. And, please feel free to add comments on your opinion in the comments section below.

    Comments on November 2009 Survey Question #1

    1. Raf
      November 3rd, 2009 | 8:23 pm

      I gave him a ’7′ (slightly above average). Like any GM, he has his good moves and his bad moves. Other than a few head scratching moves (Pavano), there seems to be a sound process in place. He gets a few bonus points for the market and everything that comes with it (ownership, media, blah, blah, blah), but overall, I am happy with the direction the team has taken since he was named GM 1998. It’s easy to take things for granted given the run the Yanks have been on, but it’s not as easy as people would make it out to be.

      I do like his tendency to take risks on international talent (Cuba, Japan, Taiwan), and I think it’s cool that he seems to be able to make a trade that will fill the team’s in season needs

    2. 77yankees
      November 3rd, 2009 | 8:47 pm

      I gave a 4. Cashman seems to be the reincarnation of the vintage George Steinbrenner. Vintage George would take credit for the good free agent signings (Reggie, Goose) and blame the bad ones on his GM/baseball people.

      When a FA signing or trade went well, Cashman would intimate it was his doing, and when it didn’t, it was the Steinbrenners’ fault.

      And while there have been some good trades (A-Rod for Soriano certainly) there is Mike Lowell for Ed Yarnall & Todd Noel and a Ted Lilly for Jeff Weaver just to name a couple.

      Though finally, he seems to get the fact that pitchers who rack up great seasons in the NL, or are career NL pitchers, almost never do well when they come to the AL. Particularly in relief, how many Chris Hammonds, Jay Witasicks, Paul Quantrills did we have to endure for years before he’s figured out that maybe the best way is to develop a batch of quality arms from within and hope they meld into a cost effective bullpen?

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