Friday, May 27, 2016
Posted by Alphonso at 11:35 AM
Brian Cashman is King of major league baseball garbage.
Look at today's line-up for evidence ( culled from that pile in the photo ):
1. We have Austin Romine at first base. Brian Cashman has treated this position like the NFL
Giants ( who are always 6-10 now ) treat linebacker. Not since Carl Banks ( now a grandfather, I think ) have the Giants used a top pick for a key player at this spot. And their record shows it.
Brian has followed the Giants' lead. True, there was a guy named Bird who once was a hope. But, like John Beason, Bird is a guy in a sling, sitting on the sidelines, riding a bicycle. Finished.
So Austin Romine, otherwise known as Mr. Agility, gives the " big glove" a shot. To my mind, his defense at first would be better if he used his catcher's mitt. I think he suggested this, but Mr. Cashman does not want undue attention paid to the total and complete lack of resources the Yankees can bring to this need. We have no position players of worth, anywhere in the minor leagues. Not a single reason for hope.
2. We start Greene ( "e" or no "e?" ) again. He was shelled in his major league debut, and remains the best pitcher we have in Scranton. I think his MLB ERA is in the 9's. So this is a " give away" game. It is like Toronto vs. West Point.
3. Bullpen strength is added by bringing up someone else we just picked up off the trash heap. ( it is not worth noting his name or number ). It just isn't. This is to protect the real bullpen talent, assuming that the Yankees will be down 8 runs in the third inning, and need someone to fall on their sword by eating innings, and blowing out their arm.
And here is an even worse thought;
If this team continues to founder, if the cellar becomes our comfortable home, Brian will salivate to bring our real bullpen pitchers to the trade table. Whether it is the Gunslinger, Miller, Dellin ...or perhaps all three... letting Cashman trade for anyone is like letting Trump near the nuclear trigger.
Here is what this team has to build on; three top guys in the bullpen...all relatively young...the best in baseball. Trade them for more Stephen Drews? For several Michael Pineda? For some developing Chasen Shreve's ( now about to see Dr. Andrews, I think )? Give up our only recognized assets to add more, " depth," to the starting staffs in Trenton and Scranton? That has worked out really well so far.
Cashman has proven he has no ability to build a talent base, other than by buying past resumes, overpaying them, and hoping for the best.
Let's be blunt: Brian Cashman is a scourge to the team. He is the devil incarnate. The failure of the Yankees, the degrading of this proud franchise, is all due to his incompetence. And the "hold" he has over the indifferent Hal Steinbrenner ( Who must have someone to unzip his fly when nature calls, because he certainly can't do anything by himself).
Don't let Brian Cashman near that trigger.