Friday, August 31, 2018

Cashman for President

Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed Brian Cashman's incredible ability to be "forced" to do exactly—and only—what he wanted to do in the first place?

This is a trademark of highly effective presidents.  FDR, who in my humble opinion was our greatest chief executive, was adept at this.  He used to tell visitors to the White House, "FORCE me to do this."

That is, 'Create enough outside pressure so I can get the political leverage to push something through.'

Brian Cashman, my friends, has this quality by the bushelful, which is why he is wasted running a mere baseball team.

Several of us—I think Tom Parr, and apoorplayer—have made the very valid points that the McCutcheon trade may well work out fine.  That we don't seem to have given up so much for him, and that Cutch may well prove to be a useful rental, and we have to do something.

I was about to reply that what I hated was Cashman's usual failure to anticipate and plan.  How if he was going to go after Cutch, he probably should have done so a month earlier.  Why waste weeks with Shane Robinson and Neil Walker in the outfield?

For that matter, as I've brayed before, why not realize we are still rebuilding, and devote much of this season to letting the likes of Drury, Wade, McKinney, Austin, Sheffield, and others battle it out to see if THEY could fill the holes we are now springing quicker than the good ship Guppy?

What a dummy that Cashman is, huh?

But like so many Rooseveltian opponents over the years, I suddenly find myself realizing that I am the sucker at the table.

This is what Brian Cashman wanted to do all along.  This is the only thing Brian Cashman has ever been comfortable—or successful—doing in his long career:  acquiring experienced players, NOT carefully molding and nurturing a continually successful farm system.

Yes, I know some terrific prospects have managed to make it over the Bronx equivalent of the Berlin Wall this year, machine gun bullets kicking up concrete by their faces.  That will happen, even with the best prospect squanderer (or squasher), though Cashie did his utmost to ensure they were buried back in Scranton.

Of course, with the attention Coops gives to mentoring and instruction in this organization, El Matador and El Conquistador are as likely to end up imploding, Bird and Sanchez style, as becoming the superstars some have predicted.

For that matter, Sevvy already seems to be deteriorating rapidly, and no other young pitcher has stepped forward.  And then there's that .204 road average that Judge was sporting before his devastating bone injury, and how even those farm players who aren't peddled off for rentals and junk heaps—such as our CF of the Indefinite Future, Estevan Florial—end up suddenly moving in reverse.

For all the assertions that the Yankees' farm system is taking a breather because it has produced so much, right now we are talking maybe 4 real success stories, all of which seem to be teetering on a razor's edge, ready to split right into painful mediocrity.

So what to do?

Why, pick up Cutch, and Happ, and Lynn, and Britton, of course!  Go out and sign a brace of free agents to outrageous contracts next winter, of course!

What else CAN the Yankees do?

I mean, we can't let the great start to this season just slip away, can we??

I mean, we're practically a 100-win team, and all it will take is one hot streak by us, a week or two of exhaustion and mediocrity by Boston (and Houston or Cleveland, and probably the Cubs, but never mind!) and we're sipping champagne, and burnishing that Cooperstown plaque for you-know-who.

And hey, if it doesn't work out this year?  Why, once we are FORCED to sign Manny and Bryce ad Corbin, we could easily match Cashman's track record of one world championship every 20 years or so (with teams he actually built).

So yeah, I for one am excited—or at least, sort of relieved, aren't they same thing?—to see Cutch take over right field from Shane Robinson.  Aren't you?  I can't wait to see Manny Machado move into Neil Walker's locker, and Bryce Harper take Gardner's, and Corbin take over Sonny Gray's spot in the (road) rotation.

I'm all aboard the Pennant Express!  We HAVE to have the veterans!  We HAVE to crush the running dogs in Eurasia!  I mean, Eastasia!

As I said:  Cash's talents are wasted on mere baseball.






 

6 comments:

Vampifella said...

Well we got McCutchen. I just don't like what we gave up for a short 1 month rental. One of them was the Yanks 23th rated prospect but a Rule 5 which we would have lost and the other one was iffy pitching prospect that has hung around forever. We should have only gave up the latter and even that was iffy. Both should have been for two years of McCutchen.

Either way, I always wanted McCutchen on the Yanks, but that was like 5 years ago much like how I wanted IRod when he was actually good instead of the IRod that we got. But then again anything is better than what we are putting out there now I suppose.

I just don't think he'd matter to the team. Assuming he won't injure himself in a couple days, he'll go .175 until the wild card, whiff 0-4 in the wild card and at best go .150ish in the playoffs.

John M said...

I say bring back juicing and get this team right already.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Hey, juicing is already back in Boston, John M....and I suspect it may already be back in the Bronx.

My reaction at this point is...whatever.

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apoorplayer said...

I don't want to come off as being some sort of apologist for Cashman. But for the record, we have to at least acknowledge that Dr. Chris Ahmad seriously erred in saying that it would take Judge three weeks to recover from the injury. That was stupid, and Cashman was stupid to buy into the lie. If Ahmad had been straight up and not sucking up, Cashman might have gotten McCutchen a month ago. But the good witch doctor deserves a lot of blame for this mess, and in this one deal I find I can hardly fault Cashman. At least he has admitted the mistake (via Bleacher Report) and that he blew it.

The Happ/Lynn/Britton deals are all messes. No answers there for anything; all bad deals for the long-term health of the club. Sonny Gray bombed in NY, but it is difficult to make the case that the Sonny Gray who pitched for Oakland was not worth the deal at the time. Walker was never supposed to be an everyday player, Drury got mysteriously ill, Frazier got concussed at a time when CTE is a real concern on everyone's radar,and Bird is an enigma wrapped in a mystery stuffed into a balled-up condom. And why aren't the younger players being called up? You can thank the CBA and "service time" for that debacle. Every GM on the planet is doing what they can to keep their young players under control for as long as they can, and managing service time is directly tied to that.

You can talk all you want about the player deals and decision Cashman makes, but where Cashman absolutely fucked the pooch is in not building a support network of coaches and hiring a quality manager for the young talent he did acquire. Learning the game does not stop for rookies simply because they make the show, and the complete lack of quality coaching is now coming home to roost as we watch Andujar and Torres struggle. You know what else FDR did? He packed the Supreme Court so that every piece of legislation he created would survive constitutional challenges. Cashman needs to pack the Yankee coaching bench with talented baseball men who can give these young players the final seasoning they need to mature. The tribulations of Sanchez, Torres, Andujar and Severino are all directly related to supremely bad fucking coaching. It is not just a matter of which players Cashman signs, doesn't sign, or brings up. Right now, I would not bring up one more player from the farm and subject him to this pathetic managing/coaching staff. If Cashman needs to look anywhere, he needs to look here first. I don't give a fuck who he signs tomorrow or in the off-season. If he doesn't fix the managing/coaching situation, it won't matter one iota. Here's an idea - make McCutchen the player/manager. He certainly knows a HELL of a lot more about baseball than Ma Boone.

HoraceClarke66 said...

Sorry I missed this the first time around. You make many good points, apoorplayer, and I agree with most of them.

Beyond the reasons you state, such as the CBA, though, I detect a certain, senseless stubbornness in Coops that is just about refusing to admit his mistakes. For instance, when Neil Walker was just stinking up the joint, night after night, why not try Drury, who had been cured of his migraines and was tearing up Triple-A? But no, he had options on Drury still, and he was supposed to be the THIRD baseman, so Walker got to stay—and keep stinking.

But you are right on regarding the lack of useful instruction. It is something about the Yankees' organization that stands out like a sore thumb, and I cannot understand why no one else sees it.

Guys constantly come up, star for awhile, and go backwards. The league adjusts to them—and there is nobody on the Yanks to help them adjust back.

Incidentally, while FDR failed in his court-packing scheme, and that seriously diminished his power for a time, a lot of historians give him credit for pushing the Supreme Court into line just by threatening that. The timing is much debated still, but it is true that, once his plan was proposed, the Court suddenly reversed itself and upheld all sorts of key, New Deal legislation.

In general, that was part of a Roosevelt stab at using his accumulated power to try to move the country a little to the left on vital issues, including social welfare and race. Around the same time, he tried to purge a bunch of Southern conservative troglodytes from his own party.

He failed at that, and got condemned for the effort by many historians. But what FDR understood was that you use power or you lose it, it doesn't last forever, and that as a democratic leader you can't move too far ahead of the people. He tried to push us forward, only to find we would not go. I respect the effort, and think the gamble was worth it.

I just wish Cashman would take a worthy gamble, instead of his stupid, useless, penny-ante nonsense!