Open Thread: Cashman helps fight cancer


Brian Cashman was a guest bartender at Foley’s last night, helping raise money for prostate cancer research, the disease that claimed his father-in-law. I didn’t go, but from what I’ve heard it was a really good time and a lot of fun. BuzzFeed has a few cool pictures to check out, including the Daily News video you see above. Say what you want about his abilities as a GM, but Cashman seems like a pretty cool dude and I’m glad he does stuff like this. Baseball’s just a game, but cancer is real frickin’ life. I’m all for anything that helps fight it.

Anyways, here is the open thread for the night. The NHL is off because of the All Star break, but the Knicks welcome the Heat to the Garden tonight (8pm ET, TNT). You might want to hide yo kids and hide yo wife, it’ll probably get ugly. You all know what to do, so have at it.

Categories : Open Thread


  1. Esteban says:

    Well bosh is out and wade’s had migraine problems. Maybe it won’t be so bad.

  2. “Get to Know Cano” is on YES now. Seems pretty cool.

    While interviewing Jack Curry on his show today, Michael Kay asked if Cano needed Melky to be traded in order to succeed further. I fucking HATE this line of thinking. In 2006-2009, Cano and Melky played together A LOT and Cano had great years at the plate in each of them except for one.

  3. steve (different one) says:

    Sure, but I woke up this morning and cancer hasn’t been cured. Typical Cashman.

    /yankee fans

  4. Esteban says:

    Waiting for somebody to say: too busy with this to work on getting another pitcher’

    • Accent Shallow says:

      Heh. Should he be taking classes in hypnosis to get Jack Z to give up Felix? Or Sabean to get Lincecum?

      • If Cashman did go nuts and give up the farm for an ace, I’d rather he do it for Cain instead of Lincecum. Cain seems like he’d be a better bet to stay healthy. Lincecum could blow his arm out on any pitch. Maybe it’s me being weird or something.

      • I thought this was one of the most jaw dropping lines of the WFAN breakfast

        “You wouldn’t believe how hard I went after Felix Hernandez.”

        I follow the Yanks every day, and if anyone had that story anywhere, I must have missed it. The only thing I remember was that seattle newspaper blog post that inspired a backlash among fans, and then some unnamed Yankee front office type saying the Yanks called, but it went nowhere.

        Maybe the blog piece was a test balloon buy the franchise, to see how fans would react to dealing King Felix. Which means they at least thought about it, but the backlash was overwhelmingly negative, so it likely died there.

    • Tom Zig says:

      Twitter has given a forum to people who should not be given a forum. Free speech be damned.

    • bexarama says:

      Pretty sure WasWatching beat you to it

      • JGS says:

        He sure did–the article is called “Brian Cashman–Wannabe Celebrity”

        I will not link it here

        • rbizzler says:

          Do people still read WW?

          I thought that Lombardi basically just rips Cash and Phil Hughes and calls it a day. Not much fun in that for the reader.

          • Accent Shallow says:

            I read Was Watching daily.

            I don’t know why — perhaps because it was the first Yankee blog that I became familiar with.

            • rbizzler says:

              I stopped reading after it became clear that the tone of the blog was miserable and that it wasn’t going to change. Phil Hughes could throw 5 no-nos in a row and he would still be considered a bust over at WW.

        • I Voted 4 Kodos says:

          I’ve generally stopped reading Lombardi because he’s so unbearable at all times, but I came across that particular article on another blog and decided to read it because I apparently hate myself. There is not a single logical sentence anywhere to be found within. I have no idea why anyone even bothers to read anything that he writes.

          • Pat D says:

            I stopped reading once he had an article calling Dave Winfield a “me-first” player.

            At that point, my attitude to him was “Go fuck yourself, ass clown!”

    • Kiersten says:


      Not exactly the same, but a similar sentiment.

  5. Avi says:

    Thought Betances #73 and Brackman #88 should’ve been higher on Klaw’s top 100 but in all I thought it was a great list. He gave you quality analysis in his capsules on each player. Banuelos was really high at #12 and Montero was right about where he should be at #4.

    • YankeesJunkie says:

      I can understand Betances that low because even though he has awesome stuff he has yet to pitch more than 120 IP in a season. Brackman has not been spectacular in 2010 even though he was much improved.

    • rbizzler says:

      KLaw saw Betances late last MiL season and did not exactly have a glowing report on him. You can basically glean what he had to say about Dellin from the blurb on the dotcom. The big issue for Betances (after health, of course) is going to be the development of his CB. The day KLaw saw him it didn’t impress, but other scouts have had much better things to say about the pitch. I will say that I am more impressed by the fact that he already has a solid change at this point in his career.

      • Avi says:

        Yeah I saw that. I read somewhere in BA, maybe it was John Manuel that said he spoke to scouts that had Betances’ curveball as a 70 pitch. Sounds like some days it’s better than others.

        • Avi says:

          Btw Klaw had Ranaudo and Castellanos in his top 100. Clearly he doesn’t dig the Cito Culver pick.

          • Mike Axisa says:

            I fail to see how Ranaudo and Castellanos can tell you anything about his opinion of Culver.

            • Jess says:

              I think it’s more of Ranaudo not throwing a professional inning and being on anyone’s top 100. Just because KLaw likes him.

              Drafting Culver went against BA and KLaw’s scouts since neither had him rated high. They generally rate Red Sox prospects high since they draft players both BA and KLaw rate highly beforehand. Somebody is going to be wrong.

              BTW, Frankie Piliere saw Betances and thought he was an ace. So KLaw should check out more of his games before making any judgment. Judging on one start is laughable.

            • Avi says:

              Mike, I went back and read your live draft chat. I think you did an awesome job covering it as you usually do. You wanted Cole, Castellanos, Wojciechowsji, Allie, Workman, Jenkins or Tago. I would’ve been happy with any of those picks too. You seemed as surprised and as disappointed as anyone when they took Culver. Why do you defend the pick now?

          • Steve H says:

            Clearly he doesn’t dig the Cito Culver pick.

            Klaw: Culver could have made it in another year. Best the Yanks system has looked since I started doing this stuff.

            Doesn’t sound like he’s too down on that pick to me.

            • Avi says:

              He was talking about the Yankees top 10 Steve. Mike, unless Law believes in not taking the best player available he clearly doesn’t like the Yanks taking Culver where they did.

              • Steve H says:

                I know what he was saying. He certainty wasn’t saying anything bad about Culver, as you tried to imply, was he?

                • Avi says:

                  I didn’t say he said something negative about Culver. What I said was by ranking Ranaudo and Castellanos two guys who were drafted after Culver, in his top 100 he clearly “doesn’t dig the Culver pick”. You disagree?

                  • Steve H says:

                    I disagree. He may or may not dig the Culver pick, but he certainly didn’t imply that simply by rating other players higher.

                    • Avi says:

                      Whatever. Klaw clearly likes Castellanos and Ranaudo better than Culver. They were both available when the Yankees picked. So unless you tell me Klaw likes taking inferior players he doesn’t like the choice the Yanks made.

                    • radnom says:

                      I disagree. He may or may not dig the Culver pick, but he certainly didn’t imply that simply by rating other players higher.

                      Other players who were available when the Yankees picked Culver. Its not a matter of opinion here, Avi’s logic is sound.

                  • rbizzler says:

                    I think that KLaw is coming around on the Culver pick. The fact that Ranaudo is a college guy who was highly regarded (despite a shitty final year in college) and had success on the Cape is what led to his inclusion in the top 100. With Castellanos, my guess (and I may be entirely wrong) is that scouts were very high on his bat and they expect him to hit in the pros. As for Culver, he has a ton of upside but lacks some of the polish of other guys drafted after him. Plus, he was from a cold weather state and a bit of a late bloomer so scouts didn’t get as many looks at him.

  6. Tom Zig says:

    Things I learned today:

    John Dowd is a real person.

  7. KennyH123 says:

    Betances needs more consistency, but his curveball is a hammer and a potential plus plus pitch. I have no idea what that guy is talking about.

    As for Cashman, I’ve been behind the guy for many years, but lately he’s been getting all caught up in himself. I’m tired of seeing him on TV in a bandana and spike hair wig jumping off buildings, bartending, making cameos all over the place, and reciting the same old rhetoric in the press… “the answer is within our organization, we’re not trying to do anything. We’re preaching patience”.
    Cashman better stop fiddling while Rome burns… the core is getting very old and there are huge questions with this team. Thank God ownership did something and signed Soriano to give the fan base something to cheer about, because the delirium in Boston over their off season moves is deafening. You cannot sit back and do absolutely nothing to answer that.

    • there are huge questions with this team.

      Such as? The fifth starter’s spot is the only “huge” question as of right now.

      • Slugger27 says:

        well, the 3rd and 4th starters are also huge questions.

        i think you’re both guilty of a little exaggeration

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Rotation spots 3-5. Shortstop, third base, left field, and catcher too. Granted, some question marks are bigger than others, but this team isn’t without its unknowns.

    • JGS says:

      You cannot sit back and do absolutely nothing to answer that

      You know what’s worse than sitting back and doing nothing to answer that? Making moves for the sake of making moves. That’s how you end up giving up valuable pieces for Vernon Wells.

    • Sheepmeister says:

      So, if boston went out and traded their farm system for felix, the yankees should trade theirs to get lincecum. If every team made moves in response to their rival’s moves, you would have a losing team very quickly. Remember you don’t have to be better than boston in the regular season, if you make the playoffs, you only need to be better for 4 games.

    • Steve H says:

      I’m tired of seeing him on TV in a bandana and spike hair wig jumping off buildings, bartending, making cameos all over the place, and reciting the same old rhetoric in the press… “the answer is within our organization, we’re not trying to do anything. We’re preaching patience”.

      This has to be satire.

    • Jess says:

      My god, you’re that Yankee fan. The one who sits around and worries what the Red Sox do, complaining if the Yankees don’t counter every move. The one who thinks the Yankees need to buy an expensive toy every year to appease the fanbase. The one who thinks the Yankees are going to be bad, even though they haven’t been since Clinton was a new President. And bad for a Yankee fan like you is not winning 90 games. The one who thinks there should never be questions on the Yankees team and all-stars should fill the roster.

    • bexarama says:

      You cannot sit back and do absolutely nothing to answer that.

      Making moves for the sake of making moves is silly. It’s how you end up with the Angels’ offseason.

      Also, who gets that excited about a set-up guy?

    • I Voted 4 Kodos says:

      I’m tired of seeing him on TV in a bandana and spike hair wig jumping off buildings, bartending, making cameos all over the place

      The dude made two short charity appearances this year. How in the world are you sick of someone raising money for charity? It’s not like he’s been all over the place making appearance on morning TV shows and TMZ.

      The complaints about Cashman taking small amounts of time for fundraising appearance are beyond ridiculous.

      • NJYankeeFan says:

        I agree. It’s nice to see Cashman loosen up and have some fun for a good cause. He usually comes across as stiff and uptight.

      • Steve (different one) says:

        Also, I could be wrong, but I don’t think this is the first time Cashman has done the bartending thing. First time it’s been a problem, I guess.

        • I Voted 4 Kodos says:

          Apparently to some, the fact that Cliff Lee wanted to go back to Philly somehow means Cash is incapable of even walking and farting at the same time, much less appearing at a function for a few hours and trying to negotiate with free agents.

    • Kiersten says:

      You do realize Boston finished in third place and miss the playoffs this year, right? They’re the ones who had to make moves.

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        “staying healthy” would have been enough. Instead they added a lot of fire power too. I refuse to believe that Beltre’s defense contributed that many wins to the team (though I guess we’ll find out soon enough) and the team’s gotten quite a bit more dangerous on the base paths.

        Ugliest Man Alive
        who ever catches

        That’s a pretty damn good line up, much more formidable than they fielded last year. Josh Beckett and John Lackey also underperformed their peripherals, if they just pitch to their peripherals they’d be fine even without the added health of Pedroia and Youkilis.

    • That bandana/spiked hair look is absolutely hilarious. I hope he goes with it permanently.

    • Big Apple says:

      have you read any of the recent reports/articles/blogs about the yanks farms system? my guess is no..

      for the first time in a long time it looks like the yanks finally have a core group of talent in the minors that can make a significant impact on the major league team either by playing or getting traded for talent.

      that core that you speak of was homegrown and the best way the yanks can continue to play at a high level is to replace that core with more core…

  8. NJYankeeFan says:

    That Adam Rubin on ESPN sure takes his job as Mets beat writer serious. The guy tweets about the Mets about 10 times a day. A Mets utility man farts in the batters box in the dominican winter league and he’s all over it. Mean time, that idiot Wally Matthews has Aceves out for the season then has to apologize the next day.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      I feel a little guilty thinking it, but some of Rubin’s tweets are just sad. I mean, I don’t like the Mets, but I almost feel sorry for their fans after the last 5 years.

      “Ollie Perez perfect through 2 innings in Icelandic Winter League Start!”

      “Former Met farmhand Alay Solar approved for mortgage!”

      “Gary Carter gets new perm. Check my blog for pics!”

      • NJYankeeFan says:

        Hilarious. I feel exactly the same way. Anyone who bitches on this site about the Yanks should read a few of his tweets and imagine how it must feel to be a Mets fan.

      • Accent Shallow says:

        There’s one Google search result for “Icelandic Winter League”.

    • Accent Shallow says:

      What do you expect from a guy who has his eye on the GM job?


    • What that means is the Adam Rubin will spend the rest of his life overworked and underpaid, while Wally will probably make millions as a TV/talk radio host.

  9. squishy jello person says:

    I’ve pretty much had the worst 48 hours.

    And then the BA Handbook came in the mail and my day was made better. Especially the part where they wrote “National’s” on the front cover!

    English Grammar: going the way of fax machines and car phones!

  10. Steve (different one) says:

    This afternoon, I checked RAB and couldn’t load up the page. Thought something big might have happened to blow up the site.

    Went over to BTF and this was the headline at the top of the page:

    NY Times: Pitcher Spurns $12 Million, to Keep Self-Respect

    Almost had a heart attack.

    Luckily it was about Gil Meche and not Andy Pettitte.

  11. Sam says:

    I was there last night and I have to say that Cash was much, much nicer than I ever expected him to be. He was really gracious about taking photos with everyone and autographing anything put in front of his face. He was joking with everyone and was busting my chops for looking so young. Everything was awesome except for that stupid, stupid wig.

    I also got to chat with Chad Jennings and Sweeny Murti who were beyond nice as well. All in all it was a fantastic night (my interview even made it into the mlb.com video). If he ever does anything like this again, I highly recommend that you all attend if possible.

  12. Slugger27 says:

    to ted nelson:

    just wanted to let u know i agree with everything u said about keith law. u seemed to be taking a lot of heat for your viewpoint, and i had wanted to agree with u and add to the conversation. i work for an nfl team, and unfortunately, the firewall (or whatever it is, i have no idea) doesnt let me comment while on certain computers, although i had access to read everything.

    keep fightin the good fight my man, that is all.

  13. Slugger27 says:

    ive been thinking about getting a twitter account… how many of you RABers have twitter and actively use it? more importantly, do you like it?

    • Sheepmeister says:

      I have one, never tweet but I use it to follow a lot of writers, reporters, general organizations, etc. Quickest way to get the news and can streamline procrastination with all of the normal websites you check in one place so no need to continuously update.

  14. icebird753 says:

    Why can’t Cashman be cool like Theo Epstein, and learn to play some music?

    —Ungrateful Yankee fan

  15. Crosetti32 says:

    George never would have allowed this.

  16. I’d like to kick around something about Cashman. People seem to be speculating about his future because of some of the comments he’s made and the way he’s publicly distanced himself from the Soriano signing. Personally, I think he’s setting himself up to consolidate his power with the Yanks for the next few years and/or when he re-ups with the team on his next contract.

    Think about it. We all know 3 year deals are a risky business when it comes to relievers. Brian has had much experience himself in this department, most of it (Karsay/Farnsworth/Quantrill/Marte) bad. Levine is the one who’s sticking his neck out here, and his justification for signing Soriano was the Yanks had to ‘do something’. Which is what most people say before they do something really stupid. I think that’s why YES/Levine has been sensitive about criticism on the deal (which we won’t get into here).

    I think Brian is smart enough and experienced enough in this town to know if you get the Baseball right, everything else takes care of itself. Most of George Steinbrenner’s bad moves were ones made for business reasons, adding star power to sell tickets. That’s what led to some middling teams and very bad trades in the 80s, and the old, overpaid, under performing teams of the mid-2000s with zero roster flexibility or prospects to bring up/make trades with.

    I think Brian is making a calculated bet here, and odds are he’s going to be the one who the Steinbrenner brothers will be listening to if the Soriano deal doesn’t work out. His stock was down after missing out on Lee and doing little else this off season, but if Cashman and Levine were both traded on the NYSE, I’d be buying Brian and selling Randy right now.

  17. Big Apple says:

    for the past two day i’ve been hitting refresh on RAB about every 10 minutes in hopes of reading that Andy has in fact decided to return…I need a drink.

  18. The White Sox may be considering Freddy Garcia, but Garcia had a different team in his sights when he spoke yesterday with Israel Pacheco Velásquez from the Venezuelan paper Meridiano. “My preference is to be with the New York Yankees, and it’s not unreasonable to have that in mind, because I’ve demonstrated that I can be useful,” Garcia said. “A team like New York would be ideal for my age, [as would ] playing in a successful, media-heavy, demanding division. Without doubt it would be an inspiration.”


  19. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Tennessee and Jeff Fisher parted ways. My god, he’d be a perfect HC for lots of team. He’s a great coach, one of the greatest in the league. I hope he lands on his feet, I’m sure he will.

    • Pat D says:

      While I agree Fisher is a good coach, he’s also overrated. In 16 years as Oilers/Titans coach, they only made the playoffs 6 times. If it wasn’t for the Music City Miracle, which should have been an illegal forward pass if we all recall, he’d have 2 playoff wins in his career.

      I’m not saying that he couldn’t turn around at least half a dozen teams in the NFL, but to say he’s one of the greatest might be a stretch.


    I was reading old Yankees top 30 prospects, and I found SBGL saying “only you eric (TSJC) could think brackman could fetch more than a bag of balls at this point. Some guys bust. It happens to the best of them.” LOL SBGL good memories

    • Jimmy McNulty says:

      Meh sometimes the pessimists are right. Joba, sigh…I don’t think you should rub it in the faces of true fans who are down on the team. However, as someone who is in general down on the team I don’t say “told ya so” because losing sucks enough as it is, you don’t need some asshole like me reminding you that you were wrong.

  21. Jimmy McNulty says:

    Question regarding BA. Does the book have content that the website doesn’t? I’ve never subscribed and was considering doing it after the top 100 comes out, I just want to know that if I subscribe if I need to buy the book too.

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