Today, Brian Cashman responded to Hank Steinbrenner’s recent suggestion that Cashman is an idiot.
"Joba’s staying in the bullpen right now," The Yankee GM told Newsday
in a telephone conversation this morning. "That’s where we’re at.
[Putting him in the rotation is] not something that’s going to happen
here early on, and [Hank] knows that. We’ve talked about it. I don’t
know what set him off."…
"If you had bet on the kids doing great out of the gate, it wouldn’t
necessarily be a safe bet, but we’re betting on them in the long-term,
not necessarily in the short term," Cashman said. "We’re certainly not
playing up to our capabilities after 20 games . . . we made our
decisions (in the off-season) and our season is now under way. It’s way
too early to start making judgments on anything."
Clearly these two are on the same page. In the past, a few of us here have worried about what the new Hank Steinbrenner Era is going to look like. What’s reassuring is that we now have an owner who is never going to be wrong about anything. It is apparent that everything that has gone wrong so far is attributable to decisions made in the off-season that Hank fought against. The lesson has been learned. Thankfully we’ll only have to suffer through one more season during which Hank’s plan was not completely followed. When Cashman leaves, who will fill the role? My guess is a guy from outside of baseball, someone nobody knows, except Hank Steinbrenner. He’ll likely have been Hank’s best man. Maybe he went to college with Steinbrenner. The important thing is he’ll agree a lot with what Hank says.
In the meantime, what to make of Cashman’s tenure? Yanks fans, what you you think of soon-to-be-ex general manager?. Will you miss him, or are you looking forward to the new era? Or am I jumping the gun here?