Brian Cashman compares Joe Torre and Joe Girardi -
“There are more similarities between the two than differences,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com behind the batting cage on Tuesday morning, as the Bombers worked out at George Steinbrenner Field. “They both love people. They both have huge hearts. They both had great careers as players. They know the game.”
And the differences?
“There definitely are some, but both approaches work,” Cashman said. “Torre was an amazing communicator, trying to be in touch with each individual player. Girardi is an intense preparer. I just think Girardi is more in tune with that new-age area of statistical stuff. [Torre] wasn’t. But they each found their way to success. It really comes down to the players we give both that make or break their win-loss record.”
Asked if a manager could survive in the Majors today without taking that Sabermetric approach, Cashman said:
“No, I don’t think so. Today’s manager, you need to be prepared like anything else. You need to be willing to utilize the valuable information sitting there right in front of you. If you don’t, you’re just hurting yourself and you’re just relying on luck.”
…You need to be willing to utilize the valuable information sitting there right in front of you. If you don’t, you’re just hurting yourself and you’re just relying on luck…
I guess this doesn’t apply to GMs?