26 Aug 2015
SI.com has posted their article about Brian Cashman online. It got a lot of press last week because it includes an anecdote from 2010 when Cashman told Jeter that he would rather have Tulowitzki at short than Jeter. That’s an interesting story, and the article is loaded with them.
One interesting note is Billy Beane’s contention that Brian Cashman should be a future Hall of Famer. He says, “If anybody else had done what Brian’s been doing, you know what’d be in front of his name? Future Hall of Famer”
That’s a complicated argument. Clearly, the Yankees have financial resources that other team, at least until recently, couldn’t match. But, it is worth remembering that the Yankees haven’t finished under .500 since 1992. That’s impressive.
I think managing and general managing the Yankees is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you have almost unlimited resources and your brand is the biggest in the game. On the other, you have insane expectations, and you will never get enough credit for what you do because of all of those resources. I don’t know if that’s a job many people would really want, and it amazes me that Brian Cashman has been doing it for 17 years.