• Once Again, Cashman Dodges Blame Bullet

    Posted by on September 30th, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Via Joel Sherman -

    At the highest levels of the organization, there has been frustration and anger about the lack of young talent available this season as injuries mounted. The Yankees used a team-record 56 players, none you can call a high-end prospect — and there appears to be none on the horizon.

    Within the industry there is a sense there will be a scapegoat or two for that, and that it will not be Girardi or GM Brian Cashman, who has a year left on his pact. Instead, two longtime organizational employees are perceived as most in peril: Damon Oppenheimer, who is in charge of the draft, and Mark Newman, who is in charge of development.

    The Yankees, for all the caricatures of George Steinbrenner’s firing squad, have been mainly an insular group. Will the lack of young talent motivate them to try to reach into an organization that drafts and develops well — such as the Cardinals — to make a significant hire or two to restructure how this business is done?

    Damon Oppenheimer is a waste. But, shouldn’t the guy who makes the final call on these things also be held accountable too?

    Comments on Once Again, Cashman Dodges Blame Bullet

    1. NC Yankee
      September 30th, 2013 | 9:22 am

      Not necessarily….we have no idea what goes on in that office. Maybe those two were put on notice at some point in the past couple of years by Cashman and now they will be held accountable.

    2. Garcia
      September 30th, 2013 | 10:34 am

      Just think how great your comments section will continue to be with Cashman staying on-board. Sign me up!! You have to look at the positives here, all those different pseudonyms working as one need something to validate their existence.

    3. KPOcala
      September 30th, 2013 | 11:43 am

      Funny, Oppenheimer was considered a great person for the job by the pundits , when hired….. And wasn’t Ray Miller a genius for teaching the Jim Palmer and Co. how to pitch………..

    4. Sweet Lou
      September 30th, 2013 | 9:24 pm

      He can’t dodge the bullet forever. Eventually, Hal Steinbrenner will have no choice but to replace him.

    5. PHMDen
      September 30th, 2013 | 10:07 pm

      Garcia wrote:

      all those different pseudonyms working as one need something to validate their existence.

      They mean well.

      Sweet Lou wrote:

      He can’t dodge the bullet forever. Eventually, Hal Steinbrenner will have no choice but to replace him.

      Agreed.

    6. McMillan
      September 30th, 2013 | 11:08 pm

      “… Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Cashman Time…”

      “… It is quite a to-do list for the Yankees’ GM this offseason, from deciding who will manage the team to replacing [only] a half-dozen key members of the team. In the probable order in which they will be handled, they are:

      6. Come up with [only] three big league ready starting pitchers

      The in-house candidates are Pineda, Phelps, Warren, Nuno and jose Ramirez…

      … Not much [on the free agent market] but Tim Lincecum, Scott Feldman, Barry Zito and… A.J. Burnett and Bartolo Colon, stand to be available…

      7. Upgrade behind the plate

      … Chris Stewart is a stand-up guy and the pitchers love to throw to him, but it became obvious [to even Cashman] why he’s been a backup catcher his whole career

      8. Persuade Hal that a $189 million salary cap is foolish

      … there’s nothing down on the farm.”

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9743981/new-york-yankees-gm-brian-cashman-long-winter-ahead

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