• Cashman Worships Billy Beane

    Posted by on May 9th, 2014 · Comments (5)

    Via ESPN -

    “I don’t think there’s any doubt [Cashman] has always worshipped Billy Beane,” one former Cashman employee said, referring to the A’s general manager who was the star of Moneyball. “He’s so enthralled with Billy Beane, it’s unbelievable.”

    But, Beane never really did Meanwell.

    Seriously, does anyone else see this as a baseball version of a John Hughes movie where the school nerd wants to be like the quarterback prom king?

    Comments on Cashman Worships Billy Beane

    1. Scout
      May 9th, 2014 | 1:49 pm

      Hell, we ALL wish Cashman were Billy Beane, too.

    2. May 9th, 2014 | 2:30 pm

      Scout wrote:

      Hell, we ALL wish Cashman were Billy Beane, too.

      Or at least 30% as good as him.

    3. Raf
      May 10th, 2014 | 11:01 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      Seriously, does anyone else see this as a baseball version of a John Hughes movie where the school nerd wants to be like the quarterback prom king?

      No, not really…
      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9237342/oakland-billy-beane-admires-new-york-yankees-brian-cashman

      Interesting that’s all you took away from that article, an article about the defensive alignments the Yankees have employed so far this season.

    4. Mr. October
      May 10th, 2014 | 12:30 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Seriously, does anyone else see this as a baseball version of a John Hughes movie where the school nerd wants to be like the quarterback prom king?

      Yes; although the school nerd is typically a lot more intelligent than Brian Cashman.

      If I understand the background of the “quarterback prom king” correctly, Beane came from a military family, and was recruited by Stanford University and offered a joint baseball-football scholarship and was thought of as the quarterback who would replace then-sophomore John Elway. Beane was drafted by the New York Mets and eventually given a job as an advanced scout by Sandy Alderson, whom Beane was not related to. Beane succeeded Alderson as GM in 1997.

      The “school nerd” came from a very affluent family and attended Catholic University and was planning for a career with United Parcel Service upon graduation. When the nerd informed his father of his plans, his father replied, “[N]o… I’m going to make a few calls, and get you a job with George…” By the age of 25, or within 3 years, Cashman was an Asst. G.M. for his father’s close personal friend of more than 20 years, George M. Steinbrenner III; by the age of 30 (1998), he was the second-youngest G.M. in the history of MLB; by the year 2001, the last Yankee Dynasty had ended…

      “A group of investors organized by George Steinbrenner, the principal owner of the Yankees, offered to buy Roosevelt Raceway… and to continue to operate it as a harness-racing track… the investors would probably include… John Cashman Jr., chairman of Castleton Farms in Lexington, Ky., one of the largest horse farms in the country…”

      http://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/09/nyregion/steinbrenner-group-offers-50-million-for-westbury-track.html

    5. Mr. October
      May 10th, 2014 | 12:34 pm

      Raf wrote:

      No, not really…
      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9237342/oakland-billy-beane-admires-new-york-yankees-brian-cashman
      Interesting that’s all you took away from that article, an article about the defensive alignments the Yankees have employed so far this season.

      Speaking of the school nerd and the quarterback prom king…

      “Trade WARP: Evaluating MLB General Managers

      … Cashman has not been a successful trader, losing 3.2 WARP a year over the same 15-year period as Billy Beane. The two began their stints within three months of each other —Beane in November of 1997 and Cashman in February of 1998. Unlike Beane, however, over that lengthy span, Cashman paid an above-market $4.6M for his WARP versus $2.9M paid by his trading partners and $2.6M for Beane. Since 2000, the average MLB payroll has been $104M and the Yankees’ has been $229M, so Cashman can and has made up trading deficits via free agency. It’s nice to be Daddy WARbucks…”

      http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21393

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