Brian Cashman Press Conference: Injuries, Personnel, Missed Acquisitions, and More

Brian Cashman Press Conference: Injuries, Personnel, Missed Acquisitions, and More

Earlier today at Noon, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman (and Manager Aaron Boone) sat down to talk with the Yankee media today at the Stadium.

As with many press conferences, it was a fair amount of careful wording around different topics- and even some complete dodges from some questions- from the Yankees GM.

But, with it being the end-of-the-season, some information has now been brought to the limelight about issues many Yankees fans see as serious things the organization needs to change, including the training staff, their failure to acquire a starting pitching ace, and some more.

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Baseball Paradise

Baseball Paradise

Let’s start today with a bit of trivia: what do Aaron Judge, DJ Lemahieu, Jonathan Holder, Mark Teixeira, John Flaherty, Todd Frazier, Andrew Miller, Joe Girardi, and Aaron Boone all have in common? OK, that’s not a fair question, since I haven’t really given you enough information to answer - sure, looking at the list you would probably guess that each of these guys have worn pinstripes at one time or another, but that’s not all they have in common. If I expanded this list of guys to include Frank Thomas, Nomar Garciaparra, Matt Wieters, Albert Belle, Yan Gomes, Tim Lincecum, Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, Kolton Wong, and Stephen Wright, do you know what connects all of these guys? Yes, they all have played Major League Baseball, but prior to that, they all played summer ball in college for the most prestigious amateur summer league in the country.

Deep in the heart of Red Sox country, 8 teams in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), consisting of the best talent college baseball has to offer, battle it out on iconic small-town American diamonds across the peninsula of Cape Cod from the beginning of June through the first week of August every year. Not only are these fields filled with fans for the summer, but at any given Cape League match-up, it is impossible not to notice anywhere from 3-15 MLB scouts in attendance. Scouts are intrigued not just by the talent pool available for viewing on any given night, but also because the CCBL allows scouts the opportunity to watch players in game settings with a wood bat. For fans of baseball, the games are fantastic for a number of reasons: a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, admission is free (though donations through 50-50 and pass-the-hat are greatly appreciated), and you can get as close to the action as your lawn chair will allow. For hardcore baseball fans who are prospect geeks, the CCBL allows you to see some of the best amateur baseball prospects in the country up close from the same angle as professional scouts. The league is truly unique, and there is some magic at each of the Cape League’s fields. I have been going to the Cape for 1-2 weeks every summer for the last 25 years, and CCBL baseball is at the heart of every trip.

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Yankees Tweet of the Day: CC's Retirement Announcement Press Conference

The whole press conference is on the Yankees Official Youtube Page: here.

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Yankees Tweet of the Day: Girardi & Sanchez

It seemed as though one big reason Joe Girardi was not brought back after last season was because he was too hard on Gary Sanchez.  This then begs the question - "Has Sanchez improved or regressed under Aaron Boone?"  

Aaron Boone's Tough Assignment

Aaron Boone's Tough Assignment

I have a very fond memory of my late brother yelling the news of Boone’s home run to me over the phone. I had called my brother in San Francisco from Batumi, Georgia to get the score because I had no internet access in my shoddy post-Soviet hotel that morning. I am grateful for Boone’s pennant winning blast in 2003 and would love to see him have a few more great Yankee moments. However, less than a week after Boone was appointed manager, it is beginning to feel a bit like a set up. 

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Perspectives on the Search for a Manager

Perspectives on the Search for a Manager

The Yankees Manager situation is starting to look problematic.  I can understand and appreciate that the Yankees are taking their time and being thorough, but there are varying reports that indicate a number of concerns to me.  First there are reports that the Yankees were not satisfied with the candidates in the first round of interviews.  Second, there seems to be no timetable for getting this important process completed.  In my opinion, a plan should have been in place before the Yankees informed Joe Girardi that he wouldn’t be coming back...

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Rags Could Lead the Yankees to New Riches

Rags Could Lead the Yankees to New Riches

As the off-season begins the first and perhaps most important decision the Yankees will have to make is who to hire to replace Joe Girardi as manager. So far several names have been bandied about including recently fired managers like Dusty Baker and John Farrell, coaches already with the team like Tony Pena and Rob Thompson, organization men like Al Pedrique and former big league managers like Willie Randolph.

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