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Brian Cashman would really like Chipper Jones to come out of retirement

Mar 11, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

Chipper Jones is retired. He has said so unequivocally and repeatedly, as recently as two weeks ago. Still, when you’re Brian Cashman and you’ve lost your third baseman, first baseman and one of your corner outfielders I suppose you’re allowed to be hopeful about things:

Those first two tweets sounded like Cashman — who was speaking to reporters about his Derek Lee inquiries — just messing around. In the same vein as “sure, I’d love it if we could sign Johnny Mize.”  But the last one suggesting that Cashman is serious was somewhat surprising.

It’s not going to happen. Chipper Jones is not, by his own admission, at all interested in playing baseball anymore. Even if he was, there is nothing in his entire history or temperament which suggests he’d go back on his decision to retire, let alone that he’d do so for the Yankees or any other team besides the Braves.

UPDATE: It seems Cashman has reached out to Scott Rolen too, but there isn’t much traction there.  No word on when Kelly Gruber will get his call.

But when you’re desperate you’re desperate. And if I was Brian Cashman I’d want Chipper Jones too.

  1. pisano - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Good luck with that, Cashman has to start thinking about getting players that are under social security age requirements, this might be a long year for the Yankees.

  2. number42is1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Bernie just put his guitar down….

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I am sure that Kelly Gruber would take the phone call.

  4. historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    I was really hoping the headline on the mobile app would be “Brian Cashman Would Really Like Chipper Jones to Come Out.” :( Too many words, Craig.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:26 PM

      Verlander would have no problem with that wording.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      keep laughing, they laughed at us last year too, said they was old and then they signed that guy traded for a washed up Ichiro. We heard how the O’s would catch us, how’d that work out.
      those old fellas got to the Championship series.

      keep laughing, let’s see what the ole boys do.

      why not call Chipper, you know he will say no, but I bet he thinks about it, you know why, it’s the Yankees, that’s why,

      you know what’s awesome, when some team starts calling the Yankee to dump salary in June
      July, cause I know they will spend and we will make a run.

      keep laughing, see who laughs last.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        That wasn’t even about the Yanks.

  5. pistolpete31 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    What an idiot, have you heard of trying to build a player instead of buy one.

    • hasbeen5 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Posada, Jeter, Rivera, etc. think you’re the idiot.

      • 18thstreet - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

        Terrible defense of Cashman here. Those players were developed, what, 35 years ago?

        Perfect username, though.

      • hasbeen5 - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        But the point is valid because the argument was the same back then, and just as ridiculous.

      • electstat - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Cano, Gardner…

      • American of African Descent - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:51 PM

        Robinson.

      • fastjohnnyz - Mar 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM

        But the problem is they aren’t building players. I was born in The Bronx and I bleed Yankee blue. But the issue here is their farm system. The Yankees farm system has to suck so badly that they can’t even call up a guy from triple AAA to fill in for a short amount of time. They have to get their farm system up to par so that they can use them in a pinch. Chipper? Lee? C’mon, why not prop Yogi Berra behind the plate, he’s still breathing. Better yet, dig up the Babe. Bet he could still hit one out.

    • stultusmagnus - Mar 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Exactly, Cashman should call Skynet.

  6. mav33 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Doomed…

  7. Griffinatmylunch - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Word is Cashman is speaking with the Dodgers to see if Don Mattingly would like to come out of retirement as well.

  8. flosox - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Anyone know the average age of the Spanks 25 man roster?

    Are we talking “forget where we parked at the grocery store old” or “there’s no way in hell you should have a drivers license old?”

    Curious…

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      I’ve been forgetting where I parked since I was 25 years old. You’ll have to be more specific.

      • flosox - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        Are they getting AARP letters in the mail?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        More like they don’t notice they farted when they stand up.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      Wait…are you telling me men wear Spanks?

  9. unclemosesgreen - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    I heard Wade Boggs just took out a restraining order against Brian Cashman.

  10. thebadguyswon - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Jesus Christ Yankees…get a little older. Cashman is going to end up out on his ear pretty soon.

  11. drewzducks - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    To paraphrase that great humanitarian Rick Pitino, ” Charlie Hayes ain’t walking though that door”.

  12. logankivo - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    They should talk to the twins about morneau. Twins have a lot of flexibility at first with Mauer/Parmelee. I’m sure the twins wouldn’t mind shedding 16 million to sign a few more mediocre pitchers.

  13. digbysellers - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    Never thought I’d rea/see/hear the name Kelly Gruber again in my life…bravo Craig.

  14. markofapro - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    It’s overkill, but that’s what you get (Yankee leadership) for being top heavy on salary and not having a deeper farm system.

    Then again, my team has never won it all, much less 2,100 times like the Yankees.

  15. cackalackyank - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    In other news I heard that Cashman’s pain meds for the ankle break were tripled, that did not work, so he has just switched to pure CRACK.

  16. jm91rs - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Why not call Scott Brosius out of retirement? Or maybe Wade Boggs can still hit?

    • cackalackyank - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Nettles, you forgot Nettles.

  17. thesmedman - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Why don’t they just activate Joe Girardi for two months? Or ask Posada to come back for two months?

    Silly that they’ve talked to Rolen. He couldn’t stand the heat in a microwave sports town like Philadelphia, so I can’t see him in NYC even if he wanted to play (which, it seems, he does not).

  18. coryfor3 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Just about the only guy that would actually increase the average age on the roster.

  19. jwbiii - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:06 PM
  20. albertmn - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Jose Canseco just went to the sporting goods store to buy a 1st baseman’s mitt before he gives Cashman a call.

    • unclemosesgreen - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      What did he leave at the pawn shop he dropped into first?

  21. tstout47 - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Hopefully Chipper has more class than to play for the Yankees

  22. williegy - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    I’m a longtime Yankees fan, but this statement by Cashman seems motivated more by desperation than anything else.I’d say that the chance of Chipper Jones playing third base for the Yankees this season is only marginally better than the chance that Yogi Berra will be their catcher this year.This could be a long year in the Bronx.Sooner or later the Yankees are going to have to take their lumps & rebuild.I don’t think a team this old with absolutely no depth can contend for a world championship. So, I’d suggest starting sooner would be the smart thing to do.

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