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January 04, 2008

Hank Stein: Cashman Is My Jiminy Cricket

From the Canadian Press -

The New York Yankees are still discussing whether to pursue a trade for Minnesota Twins ace Johan Santana, and senior vice-president Hank Steinbrenner would like to make a deal.

"Nothing is really decided at this point," Steinbrenner said Friday night outside Legends Field at the team's spring training facility. "I'm still leaning towards doing it.

"There's others leaning not to do it. There are some others that are leaning to do it also. Disagreements within the organization. Nothing major, but just different opinions. I've changed my opinion a couple times."

Steinbrenner said ultimately the final decision will made by ownership, but the opinion of general manager Brian Cashman is important.

"I always told him, 'I'm going to make the final decisions because when you're the owner you should,"' Steinbrenner said. "He is the general manager, and he has the right to talk me out of it and he has talked me out of some things."

I'm going to make the final decisions because when you're the owner you should...

He is the general manager, and he has the right to talk me out of it and he has talked me out of some things...

Now, I get it. At some point, Brian Cashman must have been appointed by the Blue Fairy to serve as the official conscience for Hank Steinbrenner. Good for Brian. It's nice to know he has a role in the organization.

JiminyCashman.jpg

Posted by Steve Lombardi at January 4, 2008 11:20 PM

Comments

It's not Cashman's fault that Hank is apparently abrogating the spirit of the contract that Cash signed when Swindal was the constructive decision maker and heir apparent:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/28/sports/baseball/28cashman.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

“It may be a symbolic gesture, but what it symbolizes means everything to Cashman. Though it is not spelled out in his contract, Cashman said that he received an understanding that he, and only he, would sit atop the chain of command in the Yankees’ fractured baseball operations department.”

Posted by: Rich [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2008 12:05 AM

As I say every time I read one of these entries, why can't Hank just keep his mouth shut once in a while? He's a joke and he's going to turn the franchise into one too if he's not careful.

Steve, you may not like Cashman but I wonder if any of the other guys that might replace him next year or in the future will be any more successful with this blithering idiot at the top of the pyramid.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2008 05:40 AM

The Jiminy Cashman had me lol'ing... thanks :)

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2008 09:00 AM

Thanks Raf - yeah, I think he's going to be Jiminy Cashman for me, now, going forward.

~~~I wonder if any of the other guys that might replace him next year or in the future will be any more successful with this blithering idiot at the top of the pyramid.~~~

That's a good question. I think if the next person is green and/or young, they'll have no chance. But, if it's someone like Stick Michael, then, maybe, Hank would bow to their experience, etc., and let them have more control. But, it's tough to say - until we see just how much of a control freak Hank is...

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2008 09:22 AM

Steve

Did you hear about Cashman's comments while he was Fenway? Pete Abe has it posted on his blog....
http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2008/01/05/cashman-my-job-has-changed/#comment-237697

Honestly, I think it is time to get rid of Cashman and let someone else take the reigns.

Posted by: Ference [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2008 11:15 PM

Just reading it now...

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 5, 2008 11:46 PM

That's a good question. I think if the next person is green and/or young, they'll have no chance. But, if it's someone like Stick Michael, then, maybe, Hank would bow to their experience, etc., and let them have more control. But, it's tough to say - until we see just how much of a control freak Hank is...
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I agree we'll have to see, but it doesn't look promising. I mean it's not like Cashman's new to the job; he has been with the organization for quite some time.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 6, 2008 10:20 AM