• Cashman: This Is My All Or Nothing Big Hairy Monster Team!

    Posted by on October 15th, 2012 · Comments (122)

    Via David Lennon nine days ago:

    The architect of these Yankees offers no apologies for the all-or-nothing attack of the 2012 Bronx Bombers . It’s no happy accident that they led the majors with 245 home runs (the most in franchise history), went deep in a major league- record 131 of 162 games and relied on the long ball for a third of their RBI production.

    This is by design, and general manager Brian Cashman loves what he sees from this power-mad roster.

    “I want a team that walks and mashes,” Cashman said. “And if you can mash and hit home runs, then you can hit singles and doubles, too. We’re not going to hit triples. But we’re built the way we are for a reason.

    “I’m still using the Gene Michael playbook, and this is about getting big, hairy monsters that mash and are selective at the plate. There’s a reason we’re perennially at the top of runs scored.”

    That’s the bottom line, right? There’s no extra credit for taking longer to get around the bases, no additional style points for nifty bunts or dramatic steals.

    When Joe Girardi faced questions earlier this season about the Yankees’ occasional lapses with situational hitting– as he often does — he explained that home runs are just part of his team’s DNA.

    As for runners in scoring position, well, Girardi pointed out that his players don’t need to be standing at second base for that. It happens as soon as they step into the batter’s box.

    “Our bread-and-butter has been the long ball,” Nick Swisher said. “The Yankees have been doing that for years. On some teams, a guy may get a base hit, steal second and then there’s a single for him to score. With us, we might walk and then hit a two-run jack.”

    Great plan. It’s working out really well this post-season…

    Comments on Cashman: This Is My All Or Nothing Big Hairy Monster Team!

    1. October 15th, 2012 | 10:22 pm

      Cashman has no shame, now Gene Michael gets thrown under the bus. I believe it was none other than Joe Torre who referred to the Michael constructed team of the late 90’s, as a team that hit home runs but was not a team of home run hitters. For the rest of the postseason I would start Gardner over Swisher and hope (what else can anyone do at this point) that AROD and Cano can put some decent at bats together (Granderson is along for the ride).

    2. LMJ229
      October 16th, 2012 | 12:00 am

      “I’m still using the Gene Michael playbook, and this is about getting big, hairy monsters that mash and are selective at the plate. There’s a reason we’re perennially at the top of runs scored.”

      Sounds like Cashman is relying on walks and homeruns to score. Yet, if you look at the team’s numbers from their “glory years” those Yankee teams scored more runs while hitting far fewer homeruns than this year’s team. And in terms of walks, this 2012 team is far less selective than those Yankee teams who averaged nearly 100 more walks than this year’s team.

      Like the previous post says, the Michael constructed teams of the late 1990s were teams that hit home runs but were not a team of home run hitters. As a team, they hit for a high average and didn’t strike out nearly as much as this team does.

      This is the team that Cashman built, not Gene Michael.

    3. Evan3457
      October 16th, 2012 | 1:47 am

      Walks are down all over baseball since the end of the PED era. K/BB ratios are much higher. Pitchers are not nearly as afraid to come after hitters now, because the risk is much lower. A lot more hard throwers are around now. These Yanks do draw 100 fewer walks a year than the Dynasty teams of the late 90’s, but they drew 70 more walks than the average AL team, and finished 2nd to the Rays in BB.

      The ’98 Yankees K’d 150 fewer times than this years team, and were 10th in the AL in K’s. Yet they K’d only 6 times fewer than the AL average team. This years team, relative to the AL, was 8th in K’s, and 11 under the league average.

      =====================================

      This team was good enough to finish with the most wins in the league. It was good enough to beat the O’s in the 1st round. Right now, it can’t hit it’s way out of a paper bag. The loss of Jeter is crippling, because he’s the one Yankee who doesn’t hit the way most of his teammates do.

      In spite of Swisher, in spite of A-Rod, in spite of Granderson, Cano is the key. If he doesn’t hit, and hit big-time now, they’re done.

    4. October 16th, 2012 | 7:25 am

      Cashman has to stop playing this “I suckled on the teet of Stick Michael” card that he seems to be always throwing on the table.

      To me, it’s his way of saying “Everyone thinks I am a stupid GM, but, we know Michael was a genius and I learned everything from him.”

      Gosh, he’s so full of it.

    5. LMJ229
      October 16th, 2012 | 10:38 pm

      The bottom line is, Cashman built this team, not Gene Michael. When the Yankees won it all in 2009 I don’t recall Cashman giving Gene Michael the credit for providing the blueprint. But when the team starts to tank, all of a sudden he’s “using the Gene Michael playbook”.

      The fact of the matter is this team does not resemble those “glory days” teams at all. Who are the 4 superstar players Cashman has brought up through the system? Where is the youth? And that team battled every at-bat. They were more disciplined and changed their approach with 2 strikes. These guys all have long swings and refuse to change their approach. They rarely battle.

    6. Raf
      October 16th, 2012 | 10:59 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      These Yanks do draw 100 fewer walks a year than the Dynasty teams of the late 90′s, but they drew 70 more walks than the average AL team, and finished 2nd to the Rays in BB.

      In other words, same as it ever was.

    7. McMillan
      October 27th, 2012 | 5:17 pm

      Cashman is a disgrace in every way; “the general manager ‘tried to have his alleged mistress committed’ before eventually going to the police.”

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096383/Brian-Cashmans-wife-Mary-files-divorce-stalker-Louise-Neathway-says-affair.html

      Kevin Brown; Randy Johnson; Esteban Loaiza; Kei Igawa; Carl Pavano; Nick Johnson; Javier Vazquez; the lists of failed signings and trades are endless. Without his inheritance of Jeter, Posada, Rivera, and Pettitte, he does not field one championship team even with the highest payroll in M.L.B. by far in each season of his tenure – and proof or validation of this last statement will present itself or be evident in the years to come – Cashman will NOT win again without the core of the championship teams remaining. He simply does not have the talent and judgment to do so. He has overseen the deconstruction of the farm system to the extent that it is one of the worst and least fruitful in baseball. And for reasons only the Steinbrenner family and other executives in the organization apparently have knowledge of, he will continue to receive salary increases and contract extensions for years to come while he has not been held accountable to the extent he should have been by the media, and fans continue to pay exhorbitant prices to see “his big hairy monster teams eliminated in the A.L.D.S. or A.L.C.S. to superior talents such as G.M.’s in Detroit, Texas, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. A disgrace.

    8. Raf
      October 29th, 2012 | 11:28 am

      McMillan wrote:

      Kevin Brown; Randy Johnson; Esteban Loaiza; Kei Igawa; Carl Pavano; Nick Johnson; Javier Vazquez; the lists of failed signings and trades are endless.

      As are the sucessful ones.

    9. McMillan
      October 29th, 2012 | 1:18 pm

      the Giants are what the Yankees want to be — World Series champions. Giants GM Brian Sabean, the former Yankees’ scouting director, was Quinn’s first hire. Dick Tidrow, vice president of player personnel, was a former scout and pitcher for the Yankees. Dave Righetti, the pitching coach, is a former Yankees star. Hitting coaches Hensley Muelens and Joe Lefebvre and first-base coach dRoberto Kelly are former Yankees. So is advance scout Steve Balboni.

      “If you pin Brian down,” Quinn sai, “he’ll tell you the Yankee way ain’t all that bad. Brian is old school. That’s the way we did things in New York. He’s taking the same motto we used in New York. SDSD. Scout, draft, sign and develop.”

      It might have been the New York dictum, but the Giants have perfected it. The Giants’ legacy will be forever remembered, with a flair of New York style.

      http://www.jacksonsun.com/usatoday/article/1664975?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs

      http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-02-09/news/31039517_1_witness-list-perjury-federal-investigators

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/9363845/Briton-blackmailed-Yankees-manager-after-affair.html

    10. McMillan
      October 29th, 2012 | 6:06 pm
    11. McMillan
      October 29th, 2012 | 6:09 pm
    12. Raf
      October 30th, 2012 | 10:55 am

      @ McMillan:
      The Yanks have been competitive every year since 1993. They have made the playoffs from 1995 to 2008, and from 2009 to present. The Giants? Not so much.

      The Yanks have done it through the draft, through international free agents, through trades.

      I couldn’t care less about Cashman’s sex life, mine is more than I can handle. With that said, I can understand why others would care. As for the character issue, perhaps Cashman picked up a thing or three about blackmail from Steinbrenner when he was paying off Howie Spira? 😉 😛

    13. Raf
      October 30th, 2012 | 12:50 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      Without his inheritance of Jeter, Posada, Rivera, and Pettitte

      The team he inherited was bounced out of the first round 2 of the 3 years prior to his being named as GM… You may want to take a different approach 😉 😛

    14. McMillan
      October 30th, 2012 | 4:59 pm

      Wrong again. The team he inherited in 1998 had had the best record in baseball in 1994, went to the playoffs in 1995 losing the deciding game in extra innings, won a world championship in 1996, lost in the playoffs to the Indians in 1997 because Rivera threw a bad a pitch to Alomar in the final game of the series. The team then won 125 games all together and a world championship in 1998. What G.M. in history has ever been handed a more substantial franchise?@ Raf:

    15. McMillan
      October 30th, 2012 | 6:10 pm

      I am not comparing the competitiveness of the San Francisco Giants franchise from 1993 – 2012, with the competitiveness of the New York Yankees franchise from 1993 – 2012.

      I am comparing the player or personnel development and success of a team that won two-out-of-three world championships in the period 1996 – 1998 (N.Y. Yankees), to the player or personnel development and success of a team that won two-out-of-three world championships in the period 2010 – 2012 (S.F. Giants), and finally to the lack-of-player-or-personnel-development and lack-of-success of a team that has won only one-out-of-twelve world championships in the period 2001 – 2012 (N.Y.Y. Yankees under Cashman) despite having by far the highest payroll and most substantial financial resources in Major League Baseball in each of those seasons!

      They have NOT done “it” (win ONLY one world championship in twelve years while remaining “competitive” in those years) through drafts! They have not done “it” through their farm system. They might have done “it” through the international signing of Hideki Matsu to some extent… but they did not do “it” through Cashman’s international signing of Kei Igawa for more than $40 million – one of the worst contracts in the history of all of professional sports.

      Cashman can do ONE thing and ONE thing only – WRITE CHECKS, and he does not even do that very well. He wrote checks to a woman that was blackmailing him and the story still came out. He wrote checks to his “international signing” Kei Igawa amounting to $640,000.00 PER INNING PITCHED and he pitched to an E.R.A. over 6.00!

      http://complex.kargo.com/entry/view/id/51924/i/2/p/0/?KSID=d4ae42049b882dd2a20d90198fffcdf7

      And one can not compare his actions and the emotional pain and embarrassment this man brought to his wife and children and family – innocent victims – with that of George Steinbrenner paying Spira to dig up some dirt on a multi-million dollar athlete perfectly capable of defending himself. As I said in my original post: the man is a disgrace, his record can not be defended, and this team will not win again unless the Steinbrenner family finally puts its personal feelings aside and replaces him, or authorizes him to write a few hundred million dollars-worth of contractual obligations as it did in 2009…

      @ Raf:

    16. McMillan
      October 30th, 2012 | 6:33 pm

      I forgot to mention having won ONLY one world championship in twelves years since 2001 AND having spent substantially more money in payroll or salaries in each of those seasons than any other franchise or organization in M.L.B. AND having minimal talent in its farm system as of 2012 – but hey – he’s kept the Yankees “competitive!”@ Raf:

    17. McMillan
      October 30th, 2012 | 8:17 pm

      LMJ229 is 100% correct. The only thing I would add is that Cashman can not put together a stable rotation either.

      @ LMJ229:

    18. McMillan
      October 30th, 2012 | 8:40 pm

      How’s this for an approach: of the 25 WORST CONTRACTS in PROFESSIONAL SPORTS (NOT JUST BASEBALL) Brian Cashman – BY HIMSELF (!) – is responsible for 12% of ALL of them, totaling $168,450,000.00 (!) in payroll costs… according to this site.

      http://complex.kargo.com/entry/view/id/51924/i/2/p/0/?KSID=d3c30e2e6cd608d3cad5770222f04663

      http://complex.kargo.com/entry/view/id/51924/i/4/p/0/?KSID=d3c30e2e6cd608d3cad5770222f04663

      http://complex.kargo.com/entry/view/id/51924/i/9/p/0/?KSID=d3c30e2e6cd608d3cad5770222f04663

      Even you could do better…

      for @ Raf:

    19. McMillan
      October 31st, 2012 | 12:28 am

      The worst contract ever given to a pitcher is the contract given to Kei Igawa from the New York Yankees. The Yankees spent $26 million on a posting fee and $20 million on a five-year contract at $4 million per season.

      Igawa pitched a total of 38 games in the majors over two seasons. He started 16 games, pitched a total of 71.2 innings in his major league career. His career Major League ERA was 6.66., his career WHIP was 1.758 and had a WAR of -0.7.

      Igawa pitched in the Yankees system for a total of six seasons. Most of his time was in the minor leagues in the Triple-A level. He was a decent Triple-A pitcher with a 33-22 record with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.297 WHIP. However, he was so poor in his time with the Yankees that they never gave him another chance in the Major Leagues.

      That is the worst pitcher’s contract…ever.

    20. McMillan
      October 31st, 2012 | 1:03 am

      Canó was one of the five prospects offered to the Texas Rangers to complete the Yankees’ acquisition of Alex Rodriguez before the 2004 season. The Rangers selected Joaquín Árias instead.[5][7][8]

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Canó

    21. McMillan
      October 31st, 2012 | 1:22 am

      When the Kansas City Royals began to seek trade offers for Carlos Beltrán, the Yankees moved Canó to third base in an effort to showcase Canó for the Royals.[5] The next month, the Yankees attempted to trade him to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a package to acquire Randy Johnson.[5] He began the 2005 season with Columbus.

    22. Raf
      October 31st, 2012 | 5:53 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      Wrong again. The team he inherited in 1998 had had the best record in baseball in 1994,

      There are some people in Montreal that would dispute that claim.

      Given that the Yankees have more often than not had the best record in baseball, it probably doesn’t mean as much as you’d like it to mean, especially if you want to correlate it to postseason success.

      went to the playoffs in 1995 losing the deciding game in extra innings,

      Blowing a 2-0 series lead, I may add. And losing the deciding game means they still lost. In the first round. Which is what I said.

      won a world championship in 1996, lost in the playoffs to the Indians in 1997 because Rivera threw a bad a pitch to Alomar in the final game of the series.

      Again, they lost in the first round. That makes two of three years that they lost in the first round.

      The team then won 125 games all together and a world championship in 1998. What G.M. in history has ever been handed a more substantial franchise?@ Raf:

      The team then won 125 games after he was named GM. The year prior, it was bounced in the first round. You can’t have it both ways. Try and spin it any way you want, you’re only going to make yourself dizzy.

      McMillan wrote:

      I am not comparing the competitiveness of the San Francisco Giants franchise from 1993 – 2012, with the competitiveness of the New York Yankees franchise from 1993 – 2012.

      Of course not, your claim is weak enough as is. Extending the comparison even further weakens it more. Especially considering that Sabean has been on the job in SF longer than Cashman has in NY

      I am comparing the player or personnel development and success of a team that won two-out-of-three world championships in the period 1996 – 1998 (N.Y. Yankees

      Wade Boggs, FA. Jimmy Key, FA. Kenny Rogers, FA. Darryl Strawberry, FA. Chili Davis, FA. Dwight Gooden, FA. Mariano Duncan, FA. David Cone, Reuben Sierra, Tino Martinez, Cecil Fielder, John Wetteland were all acquired by rebuilding teams, and the fact that the Yankees could absorb their salaries. You’ll probably want to take a different approach there too 😉

      Cashman can do ONE thing and ONE thing only – WRITE CHECKS, and he does not even do that very well. He wrote checks to a woman that was blackmailing him and the story still came out. He wrote checks to his “international signing” Kei Igawa amounting to $640,000.00 PER INNING PITCHED and he pitched to an E.R.A. over 6.00!

      Right. You remember Terry Mulholland? Xavier Hernandez? Brien Taylor? Mike Witt? Makato Suzuki? Hideki Irabu? I do. I also remember the GMs that brought those players in.

      Cano, Wang and El Duque were international signings too. But they don’t fit the narrative 😉

      And one can not compare his actions and the emotional pain and embarrassment this man brought to his wife and children and family – innocent victims – with that of George Steinbrenner paying Spira to dig up some dirt on a multi-million dollar athlete perfectly capable of defending himself.

      Remember, Steinbrenner was a convicted felon. He’s had a well known reign of t(error), making rash, impetuous decisions that hurt more than helped. That he felt the need to dig up dirt on one of his employees says all you need to know about the person. Especially considering that he could’ve released or traded him.

    23. Raf
      October 31st, 2012 | 6:13 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      How’s this for an approach: of the 25 WORST CONTRACTS in PROFESSIONAL SPORTS (NOT JUST BASEBALL) Brian Cashman – BY HIMSELF (!) – is responsible for 12% of ALL of them, totaling $168,450,000.00 (!) in payroll costs… according to this site.http://complex.kargo.com/entry/view/id/51924/i/2/p/0/?KSID=d3c30e2e6cd608d3cad5770222f04663http://complex.kargo.com/entry/view/id/51924/i/4/p/0/?KSID=d3c30e2e6cd608d3cad5770222f04663http://complex.kargo.com/entry/view/id/51924/i/9/p/0/?KSID=d3c30e2e6cd608d3cad5770222f04663Even you could do better…for @ Raf:

      Igawa was legit, and only looks bad in hindsight (you may want to run a search on Igawa on this site). Pavano was a dumb signing, I’ve said as much countless times on this site, but the Tigers were in on him. Burnett, not so much, and the Braves were right there in the bidding process, which drove the contract up. The problem with your sites is that in a rush to condemn, they don’t look at the context in which those contracts were offered.

      Danny Tartabull was not a bad signing. Can’t say the same for Zito.

    24. Raf
      October 31st, 2012 | 6:14 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      The worst contract ever given to a pitcher is the contract given to Kei Igawa from the New York Yankees. The Yankees spent $26 million on a posting fee and $20 million on a five-year contract at $4 million per season.Igawa pitched a total of 38 games in the majors over two seasons. He started 16 games, pitched a total of 71.2 innings in his major league career. His career Major League ERA was 6.66., his career WHIP was 1.758 and had a WAR of -0.7.Igawa pitched in the Yankees system for a total of six seasons. Most of his time was in the minor leagues in the Triple-A level. He was a decent Triple-A pitcher with a 33-22 record with a 3.81 ERA and a 1.297 WHIP. However, he was so poor in his time with the Yankees that they never gave him another chance in the Major Leagues.That is the worst pitcher’s contract…ever.

      Yep, and despite that, the Padres and Brewers wanted him.

    25. Raf
      October 31st, 2012 | 6:23 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      Canó was one of the five prospects offered to the Texas Rangers to complete the Yankees’ acquisition of Alex Rodriguez before the 2004 season. The Rangers selected Joaquín Árias instead.[5][7][8]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robinson_Canó

      McMillan wrote:

      When the Kansas City Royals began to seek trade offers for Carlos Beltrán, the Yankees moved Canó to third base in an effort to showcase Canó for the Royals.[5] The next month, the Yankees attempted to trade him to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a package to acquire Randy Johnson.[5] He began the 2005 season with Columbus.

      So?

      http://riveraveblues.com/2010/03/almost-trading-bernie-williams-again-and-again-24637/

      http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6969063

      http://www.nytimes.com/1999/07/30/sports/baseball-pettitte-s-head-it-appears-is-on-the-trading-block.html

    26. McMillan
      November 1st, 2012 | 1:20 am

      So Cashman did just about everything to move Cano, the best player to have come through this farm system since Jeter or Rivera, and with the talent to become the best second baseman of all time. Cano for Randy Johnson? That would have been a great deal. One of the best talents to come through the system in the history of the entire franchise, for Randy Johnson. Talk about having it both ways – Does Cashman get credit for the “international signing” of Cano, when he did just about everything to move him for what – a 41 year-old pitcher? He apparently had an interest in moving him for Beltran, which is more understandable, but then why close the door on Beltran when he came to the organization asking to play for the team for less money than he had been offered elsewhere? O.K. – so they had the best record in the A.L. in 1994. If you have a daughter, or will some day, would you rather have her married to a man convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution, or one that has subjected her and your grandchildren to the pain and humiliation Cashman has – come on – who are you kidding? I would have fired him just for that – its an embarrassment to the organization. Many people have lost their jobs under similar circumstances. I honestly do not understand why anyone would support this guy, but time will tell: this team has not won since 2009 with the signings of multiple high-profile free agents to contractual obligations in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and the passing of Mr. Steinbrenner, AND IT WILL NOT AGAIN WITH CASHMAN AS ITS G.M. AND WITH HAL AND HANK STEINBRENNER NOT PERMITTING HIM TO SPEND MONEY ON THIS SCALE. ITS THAT SIMPLE. THIS TEAM WILL NOT SEE THE POSTSEASON AGAIN WITH CASHMAN AS G.M. AND WITHOUT THE ORGANIZATION PROVIDING FOR A PAYROLL SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER THAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN BASEBALL. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN. CASHMAN SIMPLY CAN NOT DO IT. CERTAIN OTHER G.M.s CAN; BUT NOT CASHMAN. HE CAN NOT DO IT. PERIOD. YOU CAN BLAME ALEX RODRIGUEZ ALL YOU WANT, BUT CASHMAN IS THE PROBLEM. Let’s just wait and see because, unfortunately, he is not going anywhere for now. And by the way, Pineda will be another bust of his. Take care, Raf.@ Raf:

    27. Raf
      November 3rd, 2012 | 1:13 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      So Cashman did just about everything to move Cano, the best player to have come through this farm system since Jeter or Rivera, and with the talent to become the best second baseman of all time. Cano for Randy Johnson? That would have been a great deal. One of the best talents to come through the system in the history of the entire franchise, for Randy Johnson.

      I love how you try to crucify Cashman for trying to trade Cano, yet conveniently ignore trade attempts of Bernie Williams, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte. In other words, Cashman is doing the same a GM’s before him, and presumably GM’s after him will do the same. Nothing like the blind fury of Cashman bashers, I tell ya…

      McMillan wrote:

      f you have a daughter, or will some day, would you rather have her married to a man convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution, or one that has subjected her and your grandchildren to the pain and humiliation Cashman has – come on – who are you kidding?

      If you think Steinbrenner’s only transgression or Yankees legacy was making illegal campaign donations, well, I dunno what to tell ya. I’m sure Yogi Berra thought George was a swell guy, that’s why he stayed away all those years. I’m sure it was a classy move firing Bucky Dent in Boston, of all places. I’m sure he was a great guy looking out for Buck and his “fine little family” when he let him go. Fine fella there, manipulating Billy Martin, using him up, as well as all the other managers (or employees in general) working under him. Had he listened to his baseball people, people who had forgotten more about baseball, than he would ever know, the Yankees would’ve won a lot more than they did in the 80’s.

      I couldn’t care less about Brian and Mary Cashman’s sex life, I couldn’t care less about who’s zooming who, especially considering the luminaries that have been affiliated with the Yankees;

      Lee Sinins wrote:

      “Let’s not even get into the “character” of those 1970s Yankees teams. That was as bad a set of characters you could find in a clubhouse, which followed another bad set of characters in the Oakland clubhouses where (Catfish) Hunter pitched. So, if Hunter stands for anything “character-wise”, it’s for the fact that character is meaningless when it comes to winning baseball games.

      It was just as meaningless to the 1970s A’s and 1970s Yankees as it was the pure myth of the 1990s Yankees being good characters, when that clubhouse was filled with the likes of David “Masturbating” Cone, Chuck “Cancer in the Clubhouse” Knoblauch, Paul “5 Year Olds Are More Mature” O’Neill, David “Too Many Things To Say About Him” Wells, Roger “Most Hated Man In NY” Clemens, Jeff Nelson, Karim Garcia, Darryl “Cocaine” Strawberry, Dwight “Cocaine” Gooden and the rest of those bad characters that the NY media wants to falsely claim are a bunch of good guys. And how appropriate it was that the statutory rape crowd was adequately represented by Luis Polonia’s presence on the 2000 WS Champions.

      I’m pretty sure these guys chipped around too. Personally, to me it seems you’re too emotionally invested in this…

      McMillan wrote:

      I honestly do not understand why anyone would support this guy

      Well, if you were being honest, you’d understand. 😉

      Any rational person would see that Cashman isn’t a terrible GM by any stretch. What we have here is the spoiled entitlement of Yankees fans combined with the “familiarity breeds contempt” aspect of a person who has been in the GM position since 1998.

      McMillan wrote:

      Let’s just wait and see because, unfortunately, he is not going anywhere for now.

      Yeah, let’s wait. Because we’ve seen this “Bash Cashman” act before on this site; little of it is based in reality, much of it actually is pretty tired. The Yankees are coming off a 95 win season, a season where they made the ALCS. Of course, if Cashman was such a dunce as a GM, the Yankees don’t win as much as they have, nor do they have a run like they have since 1998.

    28. McMillan
      November 10th, 2012 | 1:58 pm

      Brian Cashman Should Be Held Accountable for Constructing Flawed, Soon to Be Problematic Yankees Roster

      Read more at: http://nesn.com/2012/10/brian-cashman-should-be-held-accountable-for-constructing-flawed-yankees-roster/

      “…this is the mess that Cashman has made for himself. If the Yankees had been more selective in their signings, re-upping on Cano could be viewed as a selective risk because he plays second base. Likewise, the team would probably feel less pressure to continue with Granderson to make up for the declining offense of keystone players Jeter, Rodriguez and Teixeira. Instead, Cashman and the Yankees are likely to dig themselves in deeper — even the ever-sturdy Sabathia should be viewed as a ticking injury time bomb given the number of innings he’s thrown throughout his career.”

      Read more at: http://nesn.com/2012/10/brian-cashman-should-be-held-accountable-for-constructing-flawed-yankees-roster/

      “New York’s problems are not entirely Cashman’s fault, and his autonomy to do his job has occasionally come under question, but ultimately he chose to add to the team’s dysfunction and problematic contracts with more problematic contracts and one-dimensional players.”

      Read more at: http://nesn.com/2012/10/brian-cashman-should-be-held-accountable-for-constructing-flawed-yankees-roster/@ Raf:

    29. Corey
      November 10th, 2012 | 2:01 pm

      The prime example of this is, of course, Alex Rodriguez. After the 2007 campaign, Rodriguez, at the age of 32, opted out in the middle of his massive 10-year contract, demanding another massive 10-year contract. Rather than playing hardball, the Yankees conceded

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      why are you reading this nonsense anyway. I can’t possibly read anymore than that.

    30. McMillan
      November 10th, 2012 | 2:30 pm

      Brian Cashman Should Be Held Accountable for Constructing Flawed, Soon to Be Problematic Yankees Roster
      Read more at: http://nesn.com/2012/10/brian-cashman-should-be-held-accountable-for-constructing-flawed-yankees-roster/@ Raf:

    31. Raf
      November 10th, 2012 | 4:44 pm

      Corey wrote:

      The prime example of this is, of course, Alex Rodriguez. After the 2007 campaign, Rodriguez, at the age of 32, opted out in the middle of his massive 10-year contract, demanding another massive 10-year contract. Rather than playing hardball, the Yankees conceded
      ————————————
      why are you reading this nonsense anyway. I can’t possibly read anymore than that.

      Why? Because McMillan has an agenda and will prove it, facts be damned 😉

      Again, I’ve heard and seen “the sky is falling” too much from Yankees fans to pay it any mind. Again, let’s wait and see.

      I’ve posted this before, I’m going to post it again;
      http://www.ussmariner.com/2012/10/29/a-championship-offseason/

      You can win a World Series with Angel Pagan as your best hitting outfielder and Gregor Blanco starting in left field. The Giants just did.

      The Giants didn’t do anything last winter to prove they wanted to win. They didn’t make any significant free agent signings to improve a dreadful offense. They took a team that couldn’t hit and they improved their defense. A year later, they’re World Champs.

      Runs are runs and wins are wins. And it really doesn’t matter how you get them.

    32. McMillan
      November 13th, 2012 | 4:08 pm

      “Cashman has a good rapport with Randy Levine, the team’s president, and Hal Steinbrenner, and therefore Girardi will be held accountable.”

      “Some body is going to have to take the fall, and it always easiest to move the manager (Girardi)… the bottom line here is that you can not move the players… the Yankees are locked into a lot of long-term deals and somebody is going to have to be blamed if the Yankees do not do well in 2013… [THEY WILL NOT BLAME] Brian Cashman because he has a good rapport with the team’s president Randy Levine and the owner Hal Steinbrenner [so] Girardi could be the guy guy… The Yankees have regressed and cannot afford to regress again.

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/8625655/new-york-yankees-28-questions-joe-girardi@ Raf:

    33. McMillan
      November 13th, 2012 | 4:16 pm
    34. Raf
      November 13th, 2012 | 7:02 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      “Cashman has a good rapport with Randy Levine, the team’s president, and Hal Steinbrenner, and therefore Girardi will be held accountable.”
      “Some body is going to have to take the fall, and it always easiest to move the manager (Girardi)… the bottom line here is that you can not move the players… the Yankees are locked into a lot of long-term deals and somebody is going to have to be blamed if the Yankees do not do well in 2013… [THEY WILL NOT BLAME] Brian Cashman because he has a good rapport with the team’s president Randy Levine and the owner Hal Steinbrenner [so] Girardi could be the guy guy… The Yankees have regressed and cannot afford to regress again.
      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/8625655/new-york-yankees-28-questions-joe-girardi@ Raf:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henny_Penny

      Is there a picture of Brian Cashman out there in which the man AT LEAST LOOKS intelligent?
      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1161400-new-york-yankees-is-brian-cashman-the-most-overrated-gm-in-baseball
      http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2012-02-09/brian-cashmans-alleged-stalker-makes-steroids-accusations
      http://deadspin.com/5845140/the-photos-of-yankees-gm-brian-cashman-that-broke-up-a-marriage
      @ Raf:

      I don’t swing that way, so I couldn’t care less what he looks like… But keep trying 😀

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single_White_Female

    35. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 5:09 pm

      Well, Mr. Dombrowski’s Tigers have added Torii Hunter to a team that swept Mr. Cashman’s Yankees in four games (“All-Or-Nothing”?) in the 2012 playoffs, while Mr. Cashman turns his attention elsewhere to replace a right fielder he acquired in 2009 that went a combined 21-for-130 (.162) in the post season since then (“[O]ur bats simply caught a case of ‘Yankee flu’ against Detroit in the 2012 post season…”).

      Nonetheless, Mr. Levine, Messrs. Hal and Hank Steinbrenner, and myself all have unqualified confidence in Brian that he’ll find someone to add to “[His] All-Or-Nothing Big Hairy Monster Team” that will outperform his 2009 acquisition Nick Swisher in future postseasons – assuming the team makes it there… And that he’ll resign his no. 2 starter… And that the Yankees will have a catcher that hits for a higher batting average than .211 in 2013… And that the Yankees will have a center fielder that earns approx. $15 million and strikes out fewer than 195 times in 2013… And that the Yankees will have a first baseman that earns approx. $22.5 million and hits for a higher batting average than .251 in 2013… And that the Yankees will have a second baseman that earns approx. $15 million and hits for a higher batting average than .075 in the post season in 2013… And that Michael Pineda will be an effective short-relief pitcher or at least contribute in 2013… And that the Yankees will have a no. 1 starter that earns approx. $23 million and will not feel the effects of all of the innings he has thrown in recent years in 2013…

      On the subjects of extramarital affairs with mentally-unstable women, poor judgment, etc. – how about David Petraeus for Yankees G.M.? I understand the retired general is looking for work. The Yankees could give Cashman a job in their I.T. department, where he belongs.@ Raf:

    36. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 5:25 pm

      In the news this week: A married man was asked for his resignation by a president after it was reported that the married man had had an extramarital affair with a mentally-unstable woman that had engaged in threatening or unlawful behavior investigated by law enforcement for the purposes of criminal prosecution, and news commentators and persons interviewed or associated with the case expressed heartfelt sympathy for the loyal wife and family members of the married man under the circumstances. The president that requested the resignation was not New York Yankees President Randy Levine, and the married man was not the team’s General Manager Brian Cashman, of course – such behavior is condoned in the New York Yankees baseball organization.

    37. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 5:53 pm

      George Steinbrenner was involved in trade discussions involving Mariano Rivera at one time – not Gene Michael, nor Bob Watson, nor any of Brian Cashman’s predecessors. No one can defend George Steinbrenner’s overall record of player personnel moves or decisions. Incidentally, I believe Stick Michael made his share of questionable moves as General Manager, but he certainly was an asset to the organization for many years in a variety of capacities. “I never said yes,” Michael said with a chuckle… “And right about that time, Mariano’s velocity in the minors jumped to 95-96. I didn’t believe it when I saw our report, but I checked it out with scouts from other teams who were there, and it was true. At that point there was no way I was trading him.” @ Raf:

    38. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 5:59 pm

      It was George Steinbrenner again that was involved in trade discussions concerning Andy Pettitte… Cashman was among a number of individuals that convinced Mr. Steinbrenner not to deal Pettitte at the time…

    39. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 6:06 pm

      It was George Steinbrenner that was involved in trade discussions concerning Bernie Williams… I do not recall any other Yankee G.M. having failed to trade Williams. Rivera, Pettitte, and Williams were all developed before the arrival of Cashman in 1998, and without them… Cashman likely has not one ring.

    40. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 6:15 pm

      You can’t have facial hair if you’re a player for the Yankees; you can’t wear an ear ring; you can’t interact with female fans from the dugout; but bringing negative publicity such as this to the organization is fine:

      http://deadspin.com/5845140/the-photos-of-yankees-gm-brian-cashman-that-broke-up-a-marriage

    41. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 6:50 pm

      You can’t have facial hair if you’re a player for the Yankees; you can’t wear an ear ring if you’re a player for the Yankees; you must wear a business suit if you’re a player for the Yankees if you’re traveling with the team; but bringing personal scandal (http://deadspin.com/5845140/the-photos-of-yankees-gm-brian-cashman-that-broke-up-a-marriage) to the organization is fine if you have a certain relationship with Levine or Hal or Hank Steinbrenner. And other people are held accountable for a G.M. not doing his job if the G.M. has a certain relationship with Levine or Hal or Hank Steinbrenner (http://nesn.com/2012/10/brian-cashman-should-be-held-accountable-for-constructing-flawed-yankees-roster). And Cashman is not doing his job: most recently, the team with the seventh-highest-payroll in M.L.B. swept the team that swept Cashman’s team in an earlier round in the 2012 postseason – Cashman’s team having the highest payroll in M.L.B. (http://espn.go.com/mlb/team/salaries/_/name/sf/san-francisco-giants) and having had the worst offensive showing in M.L.B. post season history in 2012.

      In 2011, the Yankees’ payroll was $85 million more than the payroll of the world champion St. Louis Cardinals – 15 teams had a TOTAL payroll of less than $85 million in 2011.

      In 2010, the Yankees’ payroll was $108 million more than the payroll of the world champion San Francisco Giants – 24 teams had a TOTAL payroll of less than $108 million in 2010.

      In 2009, the Yankees’ payroll was $88 million more than the payroll of the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies, and $50 million more than the next highest payroll in M.L.B.

      In 2008, Alex Rodriguez’s $28 million salary was more than the TOTAL payroll of the Florida Marlins. The Yankees’ payroll was $110 million more than the payroll of the world champion Philadelphia Phillies – 21 teams had a TOTAL payroll of less than $110 million in 2008.

    42. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 7:23 pm

      Steinbrenner’s past transgressions do not excuse Cashman’s conduct. Do you really want to compare George Steinbrenner’s record as a human being to Brian Cashman’s?

      http://www2.tbo.com/sports/sports/2010/jul/13/george-steinbrenners-impact-tampa-community-ar-47906/

      http://www.ontherightinva.com/2010/07/14/the-softer-side-of-george-steinbrenner-part-2/

    43. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 7:26 pm
    44. Raf
      November 15th, 2012 | 7:44 pm

      McMillan wrote:

      Well, Mr. Dombrowski’s Tigers have added Torii Hunter to a team that swept Mr. Cashman’s Yankees in four games (“All-Or-Nothing”?)

      So?

      The Yankees won 95 games to Detroit’s 88, and beat the Tigers in the season series 6-4 (58/48, RS/RA)

      McMillan wrote:

      In the news this week: A married man was asked for his resignation by a president after it was reported that the married man had had an extramarital affair with a mentally-unstable woman that had engaged in threatening or unlawful behavior investigated by law enforcement for the purposes of criminal prosecution, and news commentators and persons interviewed or associated with the case expressed heartfelt sympathy for the loyal wife and family members of the married man under the circumstances. The president that requested the resignation was not New York Yankees President Randy Levine, and the married man was not the team’s General Manager Brian Cashman, of course – such behavior is condoned in the New York Yankees baseball organization.

      I hope you can appreciate the difference between someone who runs a baseball team, and another who leaves classified documents lying around…

      McMillan wrote:

      Incidentally, I believe Stick Michael made his share of questionable moves as General Manager, but he certainly was an asset to the organization for many years in a variety of capacities.

      No one says he wasn’t an asset. And the fact that he made questionable moves means that, wait for it, he’s just like every other GM who has run the Yankees.

      McMillan wrote:

      It was George Steinbrenner again that was involved in trade discussions concerning Andy Pettitte… Cashman was among a number of individuals that convinced Mr. Steinbrenner not to deal Pettitte at the time…

      Who was that again?

      McMillan wrote:

      I do not recall any other Yankee G.M. having failed to trade Williams. Rivera, Pettitte, and Williams were all developed before the arrival of Cashman in 1998, and without them… Cashman likely has not one ring.

      The point was, they were on the block, they could’ve been traded. They weren’t. That was your whole argument about Cano. I simply used your argument against you.

      FWIW, Williams (1985), Rivera (Feb, 1990), & Pettitte (Jun, 1990) were property of the Yankees before Gene Michael was named GM in Aug, 1990. So yeah, you lose there too. 😉

      McMillan wrote:

      You can’t have facial hair if you’re a player for the Yankees; you can’t wear an ear ring if you’re a player for the Yankees; you must wear a business suit if you’re a player for the Yankees if you’re traveling with the team; but bringing personal scandal to the organization is fine

      Right. Cashman is the only person affiliated with the Yankees organization who has brought personal scandal… If you really, truly and honestly believe that, I’ve got a bridge for sale…

      McMillan wrote:

      And other people are held accountable for a G.M. not doing his job if the G.M. has a certain relationship with Levine or Hal or Hank Steinbrenner. And Cashman is not doing his job.

      Actually, he is. You see, the Yankees’ performance over 162 games is what counts, not a handful of games in the playoffs. I hate to break it to you, but that’s the way it is. That’s the way it has always been; that’s why you don’t see a bunch of GM’s changing jobs every year, because they failed to win a championship.

      Care to explain how such a flawed roster can win so many games?

      Keep trying! 😀

      PS: Stop including so many links; it’s not like I’m going to read them anyway. Besides, it’s ok to have an original thought or two.

      BTW, it seems you, Mary & Louise are the only people who seem to care about the Cashman affair… Way to go?

    45. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 8:01 pm

      “The Yankees’ performance of 162 games is what counts?” “Not a handful of games in the playoffs?” I’ll disregard all of the thousands of statements by the organization’s executives and management over the years that nothing less than a world championship is what the ballclub sets out to achieve each year as its mission – nothing than a world championship is the organization’s goal – every year I have heard it from the players up to the owners – I’ve never heard them say that the “handful of games in the playoffs” to not “count.”

      Why does Girardi wear a “28” on the back of his uniform???

    46. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 8:08 pm

      Perhaps if you read the links, you’d see that they do not fit your narrative. As long as you’ve acknowledged that you believe its the team’s performance over 162 games that counts, and not the “handful of games in the playoffs.” Some of us were under the impression that team carried the highest payroll by tens-of-millions-dollars each year in an effort to win a world championship, or at least a pennant, but if what is important to you is that the Yankees win the most regular season games each year, then you have every right to be as satisfied with Brian Cashman’s performance, as Louise Neathway apparently was.

    47. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 8:16 pm

      What makes the roster “flawed,” at least in the opinion of some of us, is that it does not win in October. But you’ve already stated that the “handful of games in the playoffs” do not matter. To some of us, they do. And we would like to see Brian reassigned to perhaps the organization’s I.T. department, or possibly work as an attendant of some kind at Yankee Stadium for the duration of his multi-million-dollar contract where he can do less damage. I didn’t understand that what was important to you was that the Yankees win the most regular season games of any team. But I don’t think he’ll even be able to do that with the financial constraints the Steinbrenners are now imposing on him… I’m sorry to break that to you.

    48. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 8:19 pm

      I’ve provided most of the links to substantiate my original thoughts… and some of the links have been provided so as to respond to what are presumably yours. I certainly have not heard any other professed Yankee fan say that the “handful of games in the playoffs do not count.”@ Raf:

    49. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 8:31 pm

      Thank you for enlightening me. I thought the reason you did not see “a bunch of GMs changing jobs every year” is because some of them actually have a somewhat smaller budget to work within due to the size of their markets and/or parameters set by ownership – not the $200 million “Cash man” has had, and that in the opinion of ownership, these GMs have done a good job maintaining the ballclubs’ competitiveness relative to teams with the financial resources of the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, etc., developing a farm systems, and returning a profit. Its a much different model than your “here’s $200 million – “win as many of the 162 regular season games and don’t worry about the playoffs” model.

      But Cashman has seemed to indicate the existence of an organization directive to win a world championship as well? (http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/tankees_vow_to_rise_again_ezCKsVLLCuitXWlZP9iSpN). Perhaps if you read links, you’d read that “Levine promised that everything will be done to put a team together capable of reaching next year’s World Series.” In other words, to improve the teams performance in the final seven of those handful of games that don’t count.

      @ Raf:

    50. McMillan
      November 15th, 2012 | 8:35 pm

      Gene Michael, in the opinion of some of us that believe the handful of playoff games count, is not “just like every other GM that has run the Yankees;” he was far superior to Ms. Cashman.@ Raf:

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