• How About Change Just For The Sake Of Change?

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2015 · Comments (13)

    The only baseball G.M. who has been in his current job longer than Brian Cashman is Brian Sabean. (And, Sabean’s team has actually won some World Series lately.)

    There are 9 current baseball G.M. who were hired some time in 2015. And, there’s another 5 who were hired into their position in 2014. That’s almost half of the current baseball G.M.’s being hired in the last 2 years.

    And, the Marlins and Blue Jays are still looking for a G.M.

    So, in reality, it’s 53% of big league teams out there now with really fresh blood as their G.M.

    Brian Cashman became Yankees G.M. on February 3, 1998. Of all the current G.M.’s, outside of Sabean, who is the one with the hire date next closest to Cashman? That would be Jon Daniels who was hired by Texas on October 4, 2005.

    Yes, that’s a difference of EIGHT YEARS.

    Since Cashman has become the Yankees G.M., you’ve seen several of his peers get promoted from their G.M. position to something higher. See Billy Beane, Andrew Friedman and, of course, Theo Epstein. (Peter principle, anyone?)

    Oh, and, by the way, in the last 3 years, the Yankees have won 85-84-and-87 games. In fact, in the last 9 seasons, the Yankees have finished in first a grand total of 3 times.

    Isn’t it time for a change in the Yankees G.M. position? Haven’t we had enough of the same old, same old?

    Comments on How About Change Just For The Sake Of Change?

    1. BoltsBaseball
      November 24th, 2015 | 10:22 am

      These negative comments are hilarious… I was actually VERY excited about the Yankees this year and going forward. Baseball is a marathon not a sprint, the Yanks have gone from an old, decrepit team to a younger, stronger team that is poised for the future… I’ve been extremely critical of both Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi in the past, but for this season both have done a marvelous job. The ONLY things I wold be critical about would be leaving CC in the rotation, and playing Drew and not giving Refsnyder a chance… If you look at how many devastating injuries we’ve had to the pitching staff and position starters, and what we’ve gotten from guys who are almost retired (A-Rod, Beltran, Tex). It was an amazing year… Look at the development of Didi, they may have resurrected a potential carrer in Ackley who was a 1st rounder, Greg Bird!! Look at the GREAT young arms pitching staff going forward with Severino, Evoldi, Tanaka and Pineda as a 3-5th guy… These are ACES… Under 25… Look at the incredible bullpen we have… The Yankees future is incredibly bright… If you can’t see that, you don’t know baseball.

    2. Evan3457
      November 24th, 2015 | 8:43 pm

      Assumes the current direction of the team isn’t already approved by ownership. I think Cashman is pretty much carrying out Hal’s wishes over the last several years, based on the few public statements Hal about the team’s current policies and direction that are specific enough to evaluate.

      It’s pretty much impossible for Cashman to be promoted to team President, because of Levine. Both Friedman and Epstein had to change teams to get promoted to President. Beane was the de facto president long before the A’s made it official.

      Of the 30 baseball teams, the only ones whose GMs have won a World Series more recently than the Yankees and Cashman are Sabean and the Giants, Moore and the Royals, and Mozeliak and the Cards.

    3. November 25th, 2015 | 10:06 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      Of the 30 baseball teams, the only ones whose GMs have won a World Series more recently than the Yankees and Cashman are Sabean and the Giants, Moore and the Royals, and Mozeliak and the Cards.

      Since more than half of them have only been on their job for two years or less, this is a BS achievement for Cashman to list on his resume.

    4. Evan3457
      November 27th, 2015 | 1:05 pm

      Steve L. wrote:

      Evan3457 wrote:
      Of the 30 baseball teams, the only ones whose GMs have won a World Series more recently than the Yankees and Cashman are Sabean and the Giants, Moore and the Royals, and Mozeliak and the Cards.
      Since more than half of them have only been on their job for two years or less, this is a BS achievement for Cashman to list on his resume.

      …and if you include the ones who’ve lost their jobs, the only name to add to the list is Ben Cherington, fired for two straight awful seasons after winning his.

      I would assume that those 14 GMs were hired because the ownership of those teams wasn’t satisfied with the performance of the prior occupant of the office. At this time, there is no reason to believe Hal isn’t behind Cashman. In fact, he has publicly endorsed the policies and practices the team is now using. That may change a year or two from now.

    5. KPOcala
      November 27th, 2015 | 7:04 pm

      Speaking of change………. It may seem crazy, but Betances “might” be the most valuable trade chip on the roster. That, and the fact that he’s thrown a lot of innings over the past two years, maybe he’s due for a blowout, or a reversion to his poor mechanics. Then again, he might windup with a Gossage type career. Would you guys trade him? Or is Miller the guy to trade?

    6. redbug
      November 28th, 2015 | 11:35 am

      @ KPOcala:

      Who’s going to pitch the 8th if either Betances or Miller is traded? The only way I’d consider it is for a young, proven starter.

    7. Evan3457
      November 28th, 2015 | 11:36 am

      KPOcala wrote:

      Speaking of change………. It may seem crazy, but Betances “might” be the most valuable trade chip on the roster. That, and the fact that he’s thrown a lot of innings over the past two years, maybe he’s due for a blowout, or a reversion to his poor mechanics. Then again, he might windup with a Gossage type career. Would you guys trade him? Or is Miller the guy to trade?

      Miller is the “proven” closer, and Betances is much cheaper. Miller is the trade piece.

    8. KPOcala
      November 28th, 2015 | 12:09 pm

      @ Evan3457:Betances is very cheap, controllable, and one of, if not The top WAR relievers in baseball over the past two years. The “closer” moniker is probably irrelevant to GMs…..

    9. KPOcala
      November 28th, 2015 | 12:12 pm

      @ redbug:Redbug, I hear you, but, “IF” he could help bring the “right” talent, well, they can find someone who, if not a really fun pitcher to watch, still provide plenty of value. More of a “thought experiment”…..

    10. Evan3457
      November 28th, 2015 | 1:39 pm

      KPOcala wrote:

      @ Evan3457:Betances is very cheap, controllable, and one of, if not The top WAR relievers in baseball over the past two years. The “closer” moniker is probably irrelevant to GMs…..

      I agreee, but that makes him simultaneously too valuable and not valuable enough.

      What I mean is, you can’t trade Betances as if he’s an established closer, because he isn’t. On the other hand, if you trade him and he is what you think he is, i.e., a great reliever, than his value is greater than Miller’s and you should get more for him. Only right now, you might not, because teams you trade with would discount him because of his poor finish to last season. So you hold him until his value peaks again, unless a team is willing to give up talent equivalent to his apparent value in say, July of last year.

    11. KPOcala
      November 28th, 2015 | 5:51 pm

      @ Evan3457:Reasonable analysis. But given his contract and age v Gardner/Miller… Of course, given the complexities involved in being a MLB GM, who knows, really, how these people think. Probably a little tougher than my musings ;)

    12. KPOcala
      December 8th, 2015 | 1:47 am

      IMHO opinion, I believe that the Yankees need to make CC either a LOOGY, or long man, and save his body for the stretch run. Running him out for a full season will result in him being on the DL for months, at some point. It would also clear a spot for Warren in the rotation, and “whatever” for Nova. I’ll go out on a limb, and say that NO WAY do the Yankees not have a real second baseman to start the season. To me, at least, it’s a “no- brainer”. As constructed, unless the pitching staff has a collective average of 200 ‘reasonably’ quality innings the season will implode, especially since they are rapidly eroding from inside out. Let’s hope/pray that someone explodes out of triple A and forces himself into the line-up. Otherwise, they could lose 90 plus games. Hope I’m proven wrong.

    13. KPOcala
      December 8th, 2015 | 1:54 am

      BTW, why “should” the Yankees empty their system for a pitcher, freshly back from TJS, such as Jose Fernandez? Is this just media hyperbole, or a mass of commentators who are hitting the acid tabs? He’s had a great 289 innings under his belt, and broke down after roughly 225 innings pitched, total, by age 21. I’d like to see the careers of starters who broke down that young, and went on to have long, successful careers. Stop the insanity!

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