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February 25, 2008

Cashman: Like Any Season, (2008) Can Go Either Way

Via Ken Davidoff:

There's an anecdote from "Feeding the Monster," the best-selling book on the Red Sox by Seth Mnookin, focusing on an October 2005 organizational meeting. Red Sox GM Theo Epstein asked a group of his co-workers: "What if we win 85 games [in 2006]? We're bringing up some young players that are going to be better in '07 than they will be next year. And they'll probably be even better than that in '08."

Epstein proved prophetic, as the '06 Bosox won 86 games, missing the playoffs, before winning it all last year.

Cashman nodded when asked if he read the book and recalled that tidbit, and whether he sees similarities between that moment with the Red Sox and this moment with the Yankees.

"I think we have a lot of talent in that clubhouse," he said. "A lot of good things can happen. But just like any season, they could go both ways.

Wow. The last time the Yankees won less than 87 games in a full season was 1992. That season was the last time the Yankees did not finish in first or second - and it was the last bad Yankees team.

If the Yankees only win 85 games this season, Kat O'Brien is going to need a cell phone dedicated for just calls from Hank Steinbrenner.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at February 25, 2008 11:45 PM