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Wait, Brian Cashman has to tell us how he’s going to fix the Yankees pitching problems?

Apr 27, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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This, from Bob Raissman’s latest column at the Daily News about the Michael Pineda fallout, is quite a remarkable passage:

It is up to Cashman to fix this problem. No, he’s not responsible for Pineda’s injury, but he is responsible for preventing what could easily become a pitching disaster. It’s also up to Cashman to communicate how he’s going to go about this. He is very capable of the latter. The former is tougher.

Really? Cashman has to tell the media — and it’s clear from the rest of Raissman’s column that he believes it’s the media who is entitled to know this, not the team — what he plans to do?  Should he hold a press conference announcing which five pitchers he’s thinking of trading for? Should he provide updates about who he has scouts looking at?

I know we all accept that New York is a slightly different kind of place than the other media markets, but when you really stop to think about it, it’s pretty nuts.

  1. mybrunoblog - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    NY media is soooo competitive some beat guys or columnist start to think they need an edge over the next guy(which they probably do). This leads them to Cashman who has a very good rapport with the media because he is accessible.
    The problem lies in the fact that Cashman can’t give away the store to these guys and they get pissed.
    Tough! Deal with it boys….

    • petey1999 - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      It’s really nice to be reminded that not all the wack baseball writers are in Boston. Thank you.

  2. bjavie - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Somewhere in recent history some journalists and other media members decided that Freedom of the Press meant Right to Know whatever they want, as opposed to simply Right to Print whatever they want (providing it’s true, I guess). Bob Raissman has the Right to Know absolutely nothing. Then he has the right to print that. And, from what I have read, he is excellent at printing abosultely nothing.

  3. phukyouk - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Craig – Does that Picture get enshrined in the HBT HOF if you use it for ten straight seasons? I honestly do not think that i will ever get sick of that picture.

    • kopy - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      We’ll be saying that in 10 years about the Bryce Harper ball-in-mouth picture.

      • phukyouk - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

        We’re talking about baseball here……

  4. whatthehellisansky - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Raissman is a weasel. Makes his living slamming everyone and everything every single day. The Yanks could win it all and he’d still find something to bitch about.

    I cant wait for the day we dont have to put up with the likes of Raissman and Lupica anymore..

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      It’s easy, stop reading the newspaper. There are far better places to get Yankee centric analysis and storylines outside the major networks/newspapers.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

        “Tell us again, grandpa, about how there used to be paper with words written on it, and how people would read about what happened yesterday as if it was new information. Did they have electricity back them? Wifi?”

  5. lardin - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    The Yankee front office is not well liked by the reporters in NYC. They run a very tight ship there are very few leaks. No one knew about the pineda/montero trade. No one knew about granderson trade. No one knew about the Texiera deal. If its up to me, thats the way I would run my baseball operations too… The only way reporters get information on Free Agents is from the players Agents, like Scott Boras.. They dont get the information from the Yankees.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      If I recall, that was WHY THERE WAS a Teixeira deal. He didn’t like the way Boston was feeding the press daily updates about the situation. That, and the Yankees paid him a buttload of money.

  6. linedrivehit - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    When you outspend everyone else and the payroll for THREE of your players is higher than half the other teams combined, there is pressure to win. If you cant stand the heat….

    • jfwiii - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      I get your point, and certainly they spend a ton, but is this an intentional exaggeration?

      Unless I’m missing something, the Yankees’ top 3 players earn $75.5M in 2012: A-Rod $30M (incl. $1M prorated signing bonus), Sabathia $23M, and Teixeira $22.5M, all according to Cot’s. That’s higher than 8 teams based on USA Today’s team totals, but certainly not half. The #16 Braves spend $83.3M.

      • nullstadt - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        C’mon, stop clouding the issue with your facts and research!

    • jfwiii - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      I do agree with Craig, though. Raissman is holding Cashman to a ridiculous standard here.

  7. alexb64 - Apr 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Doesn’t Raissman have a reputation of being a Yankee organization troll? I had a friend compare his style as “Jay Marrioti-ish” so I could understand.

  8. buffalomafia - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Do I hear King Felix?

    • protius - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      I think you have an inner ear infection.

    • marinersnate - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      “Do I hear King Felix?”

      What is it that you think you have left to trade? What is left in the whole Yankees’ farm system doesn’t get you Felix.

      • Reflex - Apr 28, 2012 at 3:03 AM

        More importantly: Given how Jack has had his way with the Yankees, Phils and Rangers the past couple years, even if the Yanks did have the talent to give would they want to get taken in yet another deal?

    • bjavie - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      The Phils will give you Joe Blanton for anyone capable of getting an extra base hit.

  9. buffalomafia - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Or do I hear a trade to Oakland to get Colon back?

    • protius - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      It has spread to your brain.

  10. yankeesfanlen - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Raissman’s actual job is supposed to be sprts media commentator, which ironically means that if he were truthfu, he would comment on his OWN performance in the Daily News and on SNY (the Metropolitans channel). Then he could call himself a dope.

  11. ningenito78 - Apr 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Raissman is a total hack. Just move on. Nothing to see here.

  12. spudchukar - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    A question for Yankee fans, like UYF et al. Does the New York brain trust believe either Betances or Buenelos are ready for a Major League debut? I could check the minor league stats, but that still wouldn’t provide the thinking of the organization.

    • chip56 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      spudchukar – Banuelos is on the minor league DL and Betances has been erratic – neither one of them are ready for the majors just yet. However a pitcher like Adam Warren probably is.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Right now, the Yanks have a couple guys who could fill in as back-end type starters. Phelps would likely get first crack, moving out of the long relief role. Warren and Mitchell would be waiting in the wings. That’s actually more or less what Nova was a couple years ago, although I don’t think anybody saw him turning into a legit middle-of-the-rotation starter. Banuelos and Betances are not ready for New York.

      • bigleagues - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

        Aaron Cook should be available soon . . .


  13. chip56 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Craig – you have to understand that Raissman is not a sports writer – he’s a guy who writes about what sports’ radio and television personalities say. So when he makes comments like that – we all take them for what they are – a moron talking out of his butt.

    The actual columnists, the ones who cover sports, know better than to think that Cashman (or really any GM or manager of any team in any market) is going to share with the national media their true thoughts on any given subject.

  14. kingjoe1 - Apr 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    What he needs to do is stop holding onto all his young talent and trade Jesus Montero for a top flight pitcher…oh wait my bad.

    If the Phillies pitching could be combined with the Yankees hitting, the combined 400 million dollar payroll could have the great opportunity to lose to Texas or the Cards in the playoffs again.

  15. bigleagues - Apr 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Sorry to run counter to the prevailing sentiment here, but Raissman is awesome. He’s one of the verrrry few sports ‘journalists’ in NY who don’t suck at the teet of franchise narratives. He’s unafraid to speak his mind. I appreciate that.

    And I also happen to think, when he says “us” he isn’t referring to the NY sports media, but rather he’s including his readers and all Yankees fans into his rant.

    The sports columnist’ job is to to tap into and voice the frustrations of the average fan. This sounds exactly like that.

    Incidentally a good blogger’s job is to sometimes re-frame what others say to provoke schmucks like me into posting ad hominem comments.

  16. pxeeks - Apr 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Cano for Cole Hamels or Cliff Lee straight up. Fixes both teams needs.

  17. malvord13 - Apr 27, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Hmm o wait, do what they always do…spend

    • protius - Apr 28, 2012 at 7:31 AM

      Gee, you’re almost clever.

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