Just get rid of this clown. Send him on his way. CashMoney is probably pi$$ed at this guy after having his back through his injuries.

  • http://ibleedblueandwhite.blogspot.com Jamie

    Is it true that we drafted Prior in the 1st round of the 1998 draft and didn’t sign him? How did I miss this? Can someone please explain this to me?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      It’s true that Steve Lombardi doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

      Yes, the Yankees drafted Prior but they did so knowing full well that Prior had no intention of signing a contract at that point in time. The Yanks offered him a whopping $1.5 million as the 43rd pick, but he decided that he wasn’t ready for pro ball. It would behoove Yankee bloggers to do some more research before issuing those blind statements.

      • E-ROC

        Wow, has Steve Lombardi really fallen off that ledge or cliff? He has been writing some insane things lately. Makes u wonder about him sometimes.

      • Bill Porter

        Not a big fan of Lombardi or the snide way he presents his opinions but I can’t say that this rises to the level of “It’s true that Lombardi doesn’t know what he’s talking about: “June 2, 1998 – Drafted Mark Prior in the 1st round (43rd pick) of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.”

        Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see anything that does not present as correct in the statements contained in that sentence or that indicates he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I don’t think he was implying that we somehow refused to sign Pryor in the face of his willingness to sign, even at some higher number than we were willing to offer. His seems to be a simple declarative statement.

        Why did the Yankees waste the 43rd pick in the draft on a player knowing full well that he had no intention of signing? Seems like a “bad move” to me. Failing to sign the teams first draft pick? Again, seems like a “bad move” to me. I don’t want to waste more cyber-space defending the guy but this example doesn’t seem to be on him.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          Yes, but he blames Cashman, which is where he’s wrong. I’m sure Cash didn’t make that pick — he doesn’t make the picks now, so why would he in his first year as GM? Cash also didn’t make Prior go to college. They made him a very good offer, and he turned it down.

          Once again, none of this reflects on Cash.

          • Bill Porter

            I understand that. However that didn’t seem to be the gist of Ben’s post. I agree that most of that pre ’05/’06 stuff isn’t on Cash. He just didn’t have the control most GM’s had prior to his last contract negotiation with the Boss. Lombardi seems to be ignoring that context at arriving at his conclusions. Again, it’s why I usually choose to pass on by his site.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

              It was the gist of my post, but it didn’t come across right.

              He also just copy and pasted from Wikipedia without giving proper credit to the source.

  • Bo

    Guys like that who steal and copy/paste give bloggers in general a bad name.

  • Yankee1010

    WasWatching has turned into an unwarranted Cashman bash-fest. I can’t tolerate that site anymore. If you can find me a more myopic Yankee blogger out there, I’d be surprised. His writing would greatly benefit if he WasThinking.

  • Bo

    The whole bash Cash for the 2008 bullpen was weird. I completely lost respect for anything he had to say when he went on about bullpens are 3-5 yr plans.

    Has he watched any baseball over the past decade? Has he seen how good teams put together pens???

  • Yankee1010

    If somebody murders Pavano, would that free up a spot on the 40-man?

  • Beau

    Might not want to make that comment Yankee… Not good insurance for you if something happened.=)

  • Yankee1010

    I’m confident that no jury of my peers would convict me if Pavano “disappeared”.

  • dan

    Does he have reason to believe that signing Bernie was “More Likely Something Done In Tampa”?

    If I’m not mistaken, Cashman also works in Tampa in the off-season. He doesn’t sit at home in New York reading the newspapers to find out what the Yankees are doing, and he never has.