• Brian Cashman’s New Happy Hunting Ground

    Posted by on March 20th, 2014 · Comments (16)

    Like shooting fish in a barrel.

    Comments on Brian Cashman’s New Happy Hunting Ground

    1. Mr. October
      March 20th, 2014 | 7:24 pm

      I wonder how much Brian Cashman typically exaggerates his height by on online dating and adult sites such as this…

    2. March 20th, 2014 | 11:42 pm

      @ Mr. October:
      Mr. Objective Pipe would never tell a lie.

    3. KPOcala
      March 21st, 2014 | 1:34 am
    4. KPOcala
      March 21st, 2014 | 5:21 pm

      Steve, I’ll give in, and will do a “second-guess” on the “Yankee Brass”. I was more than a little “ticked” when the Yankees didn’t even (as far as I know) “kick the tires” on Grady Sizemore. Yeah, we know about the injury issues, and all that. But given the “uncertainty principle” inherent with the Yankees outfielders, and the cost of bringing him in, is appalling. Sure as hell, he’ll win the “comeback player of the year” award, carries the Red Sox “when” Papi goes down, and hits the WS winning homer. If I were an actuary, of course, I wouldn’t bet the house. But from what I read, scouts are extremely impressed with his entire “game”. If he has a WAR of >110, I will wail that you’ve been 100% right about Cashman ;) You DO make a lot of good points regarding Cashman’s tenure…

    5. Mr. October
      March 21st, 2014 | 6:42 pm

      Cashman’s profile heading on CougarDating.com: “I don’t care if it’s old, I care if it’s good.”

    6. Mr. October
      March 22nd, 2014 | 8:13 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      Steve, I’ll give in, and will do a “second-guess” on the “Yankee Brass”. If [Sizemore] has an [OPS+] of >110, I will wail that you’ve been 100% right about Cashman… You DO make a lot of good points regarding Cashman’s tenure…

      @ KPOcala:
      There is no escape. Don’t make us destroy you. You do not yet realize your importance. You have only begun to discover your power. Join us, and we will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this conflict and bring order to the galaxy.

    7. Mr. October
      March 28th, 2014 | 3:02 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      Steve, I’ll give in, and will do a “second-guess” on the “Yankee Brass”. I was more than a little “ticked” when the Yankees didn’t even… “kick the tires” on Sizemore… If he has [an OPS+] of >110, I will wail that you’ve been 100% right about Cashman… You DO make a lot of good points regarding Cashman’s tenure…

      Grady Sizemore named Red Sox center fielder

      “… FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Red Sox have made their decision: Sizemore is their starting center fielder… and Jackie Bradley Jr. will open the season in Triple A Pawtucket.

      ‘We haven’t finalized the final roster, that will be done later today,’ [Boston Red Sox manager John] Farrell said. ‘Sizemore is our center fielder and [Bradley, Jr.] will be optioned to Pawtucket.’

      Sizemore, a three-time All-Star… signed an incentive-laden $750,000 contract in January, then hit .333 in spring training while Bradley struggled at .158. ‘As far as the durability question, we answered it as best we could given the number of spring training games,’ Farrell said… ‘we’re working toward an everyday status…’”

      http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/03/28/grady-sizemore-named-red-sox-center-fielder/nDnDEtND2edSv0IGQ6PiGP/story.html

    8. Mr. October
      April 2nd, 2014 | 4:55 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      Steve, I’ll give in, and will do a “second-guess” on the “Yankee Brass”. I was more than a little “ticked” when the Yankees didn’t even… “kick the tires” on Sizemore… If he has [an OPS+] of >110, I will wail that you’ve been 100% right about Cashman… You DO make a lot of good points regarding Cashman’s tenure…

      Grady Sizemore huge in return to MLB

      “… Sizemore went 2 for 4 with a home run in the Red Sox’ [opener]… It was Sizemore’s third Opening Day home run… But what impressed teammates more was Sizemore’s approach at the plate. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia said he could see it coming all spring. ‘Just seeing his at-bats in spring training, he looked comfortable the whole time, like he didn’t miss any time,’ Pedroia said… ‘He looks great out there.. he’s going to be a huge force for us.’”

      http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/03/31/red-sox-grady-sizemore-goes-deep-return-major-leagues/sUYW7y2hmmpXoV7PEaLWgI/story.html

      Sizemore’s been looking like a $153 million centerfielder since the start of Spring training…

    9. Mr. October
      April 12th, 2014 | 1:12 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      Steve, I’ll give in, and will do a “second-guess” on the “Yankee Brass”. I was more than a little “ticked” when the Yankees didn’t even… “kick the tires” on Sizemore… If he has [an OPS+] of >110, I will wail that you’ve been 100% right about Cashman… You DO make a lot of good points regarding Cashman’s tenure…

      Grady Sizemore lifts Red Sox over Yankees

      “… [Sabathia] is in a transition period at the age of 33, learning to pitch with diminished velocity. But Sabathia was sharp early, especially when tested, as the Red Sox were 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position in the first five innings…

      It changed quickly in the sixth inning… Sabathia lost his location and left an 89-miles-per-hour fastball down the middle. Gomes lined it over the fence in left field for his first home run.

      With one out, Ortiz checked his swing and hit the ball slowly toward third base. With the Yankees pulled over to the right side in a shift, Ortiz had a rare infield hit. Napoli followed with a sharp single up the middle. Sizemore was next and he took a slider on the inside corner for a strike before Sabathia came back with the same pitch in the same spot.

      This time Sizemore was on the pitch and drove it deep into the seats in right field for a 4-1 lead…”

      http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/04/11/red-sox-beat-yankees/48nUMn1lJrOvjoqB7YjlkN/story.html

      Sizemore and Austin Jackson are both off to excellent starts in the 2014 season – at a combined cost of less than 20% of Ellsbury’s salary (without incentives).

    10. Evan3457
      April 12th, 2014 | 4:52 pm

      Yes, because what a team with a starting outfield of Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki, and maybe Alfonso Soriano needs to do is to sign a guy who hasn’t played regularly in 5 years, and hasn’t played at all the last 2.

      Like people wouldn’t have been all over Cashman for doing that.

    11. Mr. October
      April 13th, 2014 | 3:16 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Yes, because what a team with a starting outfield of Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki, and maybe Alfonso Soriano needs to do is to sign a guy who hasn’t played regularly in 5 years, and hasn’t played at all the last 2.
      Like people wouldn’t have been all over Cashman for doing that.

      Well, actually, they wouldn’t necessarily have been all over Cashman for doing that, if Cashman had a better track record with players of certain backgrounds, as first, second, and some third-tier G.M.s from other organizations such as the Boston Red Sox have. And why did Team Cashman have a starting outfield of the 39-year old Soriano, Gardner, and the 40-year old Suzuki in the first place??

    12. Evan3457
      April 13th, 2014 | 4:36 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Yes, because what a team with a starting outfield of Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki, and maybe Alfonso Soriano needs to do is to sign a guy who hasn’t played regularly in 5 years, and hasn’t played at all the last 2.
      Like people wouldn’t have been all over Cashman for doing that.
      Well, actually, they wouldn’t necessarily have been all over Cashman for doing that, if Cashman had a better track record with players of certain backgrounds, as first, second, and some third-tier G.M.s from other organizations such as the Boston Red Sox have. And why did Team Cashman have a starting outfield of the 39-year old Soriano, Gardner, and the 40-year old Suzuki in the first place??

      Because up until this offseason, they weren’t signing guys to multi-year deals anymore (hadn’t been for 3 years), so they let Swisher go when his contract was, and when Granderson’s contract expired, they rightly decided to let him go.

    13. Raf
      April 13th, 2014 | 7:11 pm

      Mr. October wrote:

      And why did Team Cashman have a starting outfield of the 39-year old Soriano, Gardner, and the 40-year old Suzuki in the first place??

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/8980685/curtis-granderson-new-york-yankees-breaks-forearm-may

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9309809/curtis-granderson-new-york-yankees-fractures-pinkie-hit-pitch

    14. Mr. October
      April 14th, 2014 | 1:06 pm

      Raf wrote:

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/8980685/curtis-granderson-new-york-yankees-breaks-forearm-may
      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9309809/curtis-granderson-new-york-yankees-fractures-pinkie-hit-pitch

      Kurtis Granderson is off to an excellent start this year: hitting almost .160, and striking out only 15 times in his first 44 times at-bat.

      Team Cashman had a starting outfield of the 39-year old Soriano, Gardner, and the 40-year old Suzuki because this idiot was the G.M.: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259036/Brian-Cashman-told-mistress-Louise-Neathway-Yankees-manager-help-child-custody-case.html

    15. Evan3457
      April 15th, 2014 | 1:03 am

      Mr. October wrote:

      Raf wrote:
      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/8980685/curtis-granderson-new-york-yankees-breaks-forearm-may
      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9309809/curtis-granderson-new-york-yankees-fractures-pinkie-hit-pitch
      Kurtis Granderson is off to an excellent start this year: hitting almost .160, and striking out only 15 times in his first 44 times at-bat.
      Team Cashman had a starting outfield of the 39-year old Soriano, Gardner, and the 40-year old Suzuki because this idiot was the G.M.: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2259036/Brian-Cashman-told-mistress-Louise-Neathway-Yankees-manager-help-child-custody-case.html

      Then that would reflect on the GM who signed him for this season, and not on anyone else, whether or not they committed any marital infidelities.

    16. Mr. October
      April 15th, 2014 | 1:51 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Then that would reflect on the GM who signed him for this season, and not on anyone else, whether or not they committed any marital infidelities.

      Signing Kurtis Granderson was a Wilpon move – he overruled Alderson’s “judgement” on this one…. That’s the way things work behind the “Byzantine corportate structure” of the New York Mets sometimes, or a team with financial problems and an $90-100 million payroll (but one of the most productve farm systems in MLB nonetheless)…

      Alderson has a J.D. from Harvard Law… What is the educational background of John Cashman, Jr.’s son, Brian?

      “… A summer job driving a UPS truck had Cashman figuring he’d join the delivery company after graduation. His father had a better idea. John Cashman was a horse trader, the [chairman] of Kentucky’s Castleton Farms, and he’d become [a close personal friend and business partner or associate of] owner George Steinbrenner. A résumé was passed, and Cashman [was hired] full-time in 1989, he was promoted to assistant general manager in 1992, working… under Gene Michael…

      That was some resume that was “passed:” cleaning horse stables and driving a UPS truck part-time while majoring in history as an undergraduate at Catholic University with a 2.4 G.P.A….

      “… Cashman also yearns to show that the franchise doesn’t succeed simply by grossly outspending most of the 29 other big-league teams. Ask him if he’d ever like to win with a modest budget just to show he can and Cashman snaps, ‘I’ve already been a part of that! My first year, 1998, we were fifth or sixth in payroll…’

      Ever since then, however, the Yankees have been the biggest spenders in the game, and the endless recitation of this fact among baseball observers clearly rankles Cashman…”

      Gene Michael’s 1998 Yankees were “fifth or sixth in payroll” in 1998?

      Baltimore: $71,860,921
      N.Y. Yankees: 65,663,698
      Los Angeles: 62,806,667
      Atlanta: 61,708,000
      Texas: 60,519,595
      Cleveland: 59,543,165
      Boston: 59,497,000
      N.Y. Mets: 58,660,665
      San Diego: 53,066,166
      Chicago Cubs: 49,816,000

      Cashman’s also done a great job of showing that the franchise doesn’t succeed simply by grossly outspending most of the 29 other big-league teams since 2004…

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