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Brian Cashman says A-Rod “should just shut the f— up”

Jun 25, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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It was only a matter of time before Alex Rodriguez stepped into hot water with his new Twitter account.

A-Rod tweeted a couple of hours ago — with an accompanying Instagram photo — that he was cleared “over the weekend” by Dr. Bryan Kelly to begin playing in rehab games. But Kelly is not the Yankees’ team doctor — he only performed A-Rod’s hip surgery — and the third baseman has not been given clearance by anyone affiliated with the club.

Which brings us to this story, just published by Andrew Marchand on

NEW YORK — Livid over Alex Rodriguez’s decision to tweet an update on his rehab process, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had a message for the third baseman.

“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will],” Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the f— up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

The language is a bit excessive for what seems like a minor case of miscommunication, but maybe Cashman’s frustration surrounding this particular issue runs deeper than one might expect. Rodriguez is currently on track to return from the 60-day disabled list shortly after the mid-July All-Star break.

  1. Stacey - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    If Brian Cashman reacted this way to any other rehabbing player, he’d have been vilified but since it’s A-Rod, he’s awesome. Right?

    Cashman needs to STFU himself and CTFD. (Is that how these work?)

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      He should be vilified either way. For a “minor communication issue” as this is being deemed, language like that is unnecessary. But figure that comment is stemming around more than just this, right?

    • hbk72777 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Cashman hasn’t given a shit for the last 5 or 6 years if you’ve been paying attention. He’s even challenged the Steinbrenners on occasion.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      When Cash man tells A-Rod this to his face then he will be a tough guy, if this
      was the language he used about a player it was very unprofessional and I don’t
      care if was A-Rod or not, that has nothing to do with anything, and why can’t
      A-Rod tweet about his injury, Cash man should shut the F-CK UP himself.

    • bebesports1961 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:11 AM

      ” That guy should not say that at the first place, hes so rude”

    • sabatimus - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      Let’s see: dumb…moron….idiot…homer…jackass.

  2. alexb64 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Maybe someone telling a player to “Shut the f**k up” to a member of the media should take his own advice. This sounds like something really silly to get that fired up over, even if the guy he’s talking about is a player that has caused as many headaches as Rodriguez surely has. Unprofessional response any way you slice it though.

  3. mrklutch1011 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Cashman can say whatever he wants and yes no one should care about A rod. He’s lucky people take the time to capitalize his abbreviation. If Bonds doesn’t make the hall this guy shouldn’t even sniff a vote. Phenom to embarrassment…..

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:37 PM

      he can’t sat whatever he wants, what next he can shoot player too?

    • badintent - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      I’m sick and tired of Cashman taking my words out of context. What I told the reporter is “Arodless, go to your room.Or go talk to the Federal agent Jeff about your involvement with Anthony Borsh.Either way grow a pair.”

  4. chip56 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I get that Cashman and the Yankees are frustrated with Alex but Brian’s in the wrong on this. For a guy who grew up in this business with the Yankees over the last few years Cashman has made a lot of comments that he didn’t need to make. Including this there was ripping his owners for signing Raf Soriano (at Soriano’s press conference) and telling Derek Jeter to go out in the market if he thought he could get a better offer than what was on the table from the Yankees among other, more minor, flubs.

    • Glenn - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      You are totally correct, but somehow Cashman (is there a better name for a Yankee GM?) more powerful and admirable for his comments. He can do it and he still has his high-end job and status. He’s becoming the fictional and teflon George Castanza NYY employee in real life. He could poop on the George Steinbrenner statue and get a raise.

    • bigharold - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      “… nd telling Derek Jeter to go out in the market if he thought he could get a better offer than what was on the table from the Yankees …”

      You’re right, Cashman should have handled the A-Rod comment better but the Jeter statement, .. Hal Steinbrenner said as much on Kay’s radio program before the negotiations started with Jeter.

      I can understand his frustration but in this instance he went too far.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    I thought that headline would turn out to be a synopsis of what was said. But there it is, Cashman living out every fan’s dream: to tell A-rod to fuck off and know without question that he heard it.

  6. rbj1 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Anyone not see this coming when Alex joined twitter? But can you hold it against someone who’s been in the major leagues for half his life to be a bit exuberant about finally playing games again?

    • goodknave - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Yes…you can.

  7. drewzducks - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Gotta love the Bronx Zoo

    • badintent - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Great ! One of the all time best songs. Rock on ! Yes, Keith Richards finally came out recently and said Jimmy is the best , both Jimmys.

  8. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    lol Cashman, lol A-Rod, lol Yankees

  9. natslady - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    LOL. Meanwhile, after a good rehab in Potomac, Bryce Harper was “not permitted to speak to the press about the game.” Presumably, Mike Rizzo was a little more polite than Cashman, but same deal–Bryce talked too much.

  10. therealtrenches - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    This is the kind of gossipy garbage that’s turning the sports pages into a seeing circle.

    “Did you hear what A-rod tweeted?”

    “Gasp! Tell me!”

    It makes my stomach turn.

  11. dondada10 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM


  12. 13arod - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    arod didn’t do anything wrong here just saying i’m ready to play in a game he has the right to say that and it’s not like arod said put me in a game right know

    • djpostl - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      Okay Alex. Nice try, though.

  13. beachcomber2020 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Honestly…A.Rod is a non-issue. Who cares? What has he really done? Especially with the Yankees. And in the post season. With all the $$ he makes, and with all the non-production. There has to be a better way to be entertained by sports??? He’s ready for rehab work…Ok…WHO CARES??? Now if I see something about Jeter…then I could be interested.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      What has he really done??

      Have you LOOKED at his stats??

      Regardless of how much of his numbers are chemically-enhanced, he’s had an incredible career…

      • beachcomber2020 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        Those stats do nothing when he never delivers in the playoffs. No World Series. Way over paid. He is not Jeter…not even close. His stats. Who cares. It’s about him. Ok…he does have some big numbers. But I’m watching him play in a team sport. So his stats get lost in that team concept. He is not a team player. If you have played any team sport…you know what I’m talking about. His incredible career has no championships. No rings. He just didn’t try very hard and just fell short. He totally falls off the face of the earth when it counts. A NO SHOW!!! TOTALLY!!!

      • lacolem1 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        @beachcomber2020 “hose stats do nothing when he never delivers in the playoffs. No World Series.”

        Did you seriously just type that?

      • thevauntedchris - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:43 PM

        regarding beachcomber2020….

        I’m pretty sure this is one of the greatest attempts at trolling this site has ever seen. If not, I’m absolutely amazed at the level of fan this site has now started to attract. Wow, just wow.

      • beachcomber2020 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        This is not trolling. Not even close. There stands a very good chance that I have actually played the sport more, and to a greater level than most here. With that said, I am a real person who isn’t Mr. Right 24/7. Yes…in 2009 he received a ring. For all the time, personal stat production, chances to shine in THAT moment, what has he done. Even really for that “1” ring. Why is it so hard to bring back to recollection and memory. How many times has he had his moment to shine and fell off the face of the earth and done absolutely zero. He is so overrated as a team player it’s kind of a waste of my time to sate it more than once. Not the worst player ever to have played. But likely one of most over hipped, and over PAID player. His stats in the clutch at playoff time speak for themselves. Done with this topic!!!

    • beachcomber2020 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      In 2009 the Yankees were the Champs. For 33,000,000.00, A. Rod batted .250, with 5R, 5H, 3 2B, 1 HR, “8″ SO. Is that really worth 33,000,000.00? And that’s with a career that for the most part didn’t really ever see that level of play. So many times missing the Big show. So many times choking in the clutch, and in the journey to get there. Love the Yanks. Grew up being my team. He is one of the biggest mistakes and disappointments this organization has ever seen. And baseball in general, as a “team sport”, has a player that should of tried something for himself alone. Because that’s all he has ever really cared about. The team is second to him.

  14. aceshigh11 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Simply from a PR standpoint, Cashman’s outburst was ill-advised.

    The Yankees have worked hard to cultivate the image of a smooth, professionally-run corporate organization over the last couple of decades, and this is very out of character.

    I understand Cashman’s frustration, but not a good idea.

    • beachcomber2020 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Drama sells tickets these days. It’s just how all this works. Get it in the paper…etc. Any form of attention will sell something. $$$

      • bigharold - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        Drama only sells tickets if it’s in conjunction with winning. See the Mets…

      • beachcomber2020 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

        Drama with the Yankees are a different story. They will always sell tickets. Don’t need to look at the Mets. Thanks anyway.

  15. sdeberg - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    A-Rod is not God. Neither is Brian Cashman. But BC is the GM of the team – and A-Rod is his employee. God I’m so tired of the abbreviations. Is A-Rod now a doctor? While he may be itching to play, it’s really not up to him…so just be quiet for now. On the other hand – or OTOH if we keep up this idiotic abbreviating – Mr. Cashman should also STFU – or at least drop the F from his references.

    • bootspur - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:14 AM


  16. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Is Cashman turning into Theo now? Will he be escaping Yankee Stadium in a gorilla suit next? The GM calling out the players can’t be a good situation any way you slice it.

    FWIW, I would imagine that the hip surgeon’s OK counts for something, even if it is not the final word. Why shouldn’t Alex be excited about that?

    • djpostl - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:53 AM

      It is when it’s a guy universally thought of as a douchenozzle. Nobody, outside of Arod’s family, his agent and the handful of fans dumb enough to give three shits about him thinks Cashman was in the wrong.

      Yankee fans overwhelmingly think Cashman wasn’t out of line.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:22 AM

        I disagree completely, both that Cashman was in the right and that most Yankee fans think so.

  17. 13arod - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    sdeberg the doctor that performed the sugery said he is fine to play in games don’t see the big deal i see that almost every goo player does this and when aro does it cashman gets mad it’s is not a big deal and i eish cashman would get fire abd cashman did say he is good o play in games soon so cashman shut up

  18. bigmeechy74 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    It just Doesn’t matter what they do though. They just continue to cheese out wins. Here is a run-on sentence detailing their winning strategy: Their strategy is to draft poorly, take on bad contracts and sign as many old broken down players as possible, wait until they inevitably get hurt, insert below replacement level players in their place, get timely hits from the likes of jayson nix, vernon wells, ichiro, david adams, chris stewart etc. Then let the W’s pile up! It’s the new money ball!!!! PS: Also sign as many late 30’s early 40’s pitchers as possible and get great value from them and guys like david phelps! Coast to the playoffs!

  19. byjiminy - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    I can’t believe I read all of these.

  20. mishpuha - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Just curious, in the era of Mickey Mantle, for example, would a Yankee official have used this kind of language publicly (for kids to see?)

    • bigharold - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      In the age of Mickey Mantel, sports writers wouldn’t have reported it if the had heard it. Do you think the reporters weren’t aware of Mickey’s drinking and carrying on? They choose to ignore it or at least not directly report on it as it was considered out of bounds. For better or worse there was a time when journalist had what were perceived to be ethical limits.

    • nolanwiffle - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      The Mick would never have “tweeted”. He was a grown man….from Oklahoma.

      • bigharold - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        Cause as we are all aware there is no such thing as a grown man from Oklahoma that tweets. Is Toby Keith aware of this????

  21. stephenolszewski - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    At least he was nice about it..

  22. rockinraleigh2013 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Hey Cashman, fuck you you kike fothermucker!!!

    • rathipon - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      He’s Irish Catholic. Dual fail for not only being an idiot, but also for being inaccurate.

  23. dmh0284 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Who does this guy think he is, Dana White?

  24. flyingwasp - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    What’s the old saying…follow the money. The Yankees have $25MM reason to want Arod to STFU!No doubt Arod wants to play this year, but if he doesn’t the Yanks can collect on insurance $$ to offset his salary. If he plays that’s not an option. With the Yankees being more fiscally responsible these days, saving $25MM for a player who’s better days are in the rear view makes a lot of $ense.

  25. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    Cashman is more angry he signed him to one of the dumbest contracts in sports history.

    • Kevin S. - Jun 26, 2013 at 6:50 AM

      Cashman didn’t sign A-Rod.

      • bigharold - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        Not only did Hank Steinbrenner sign him, it was reported it was against Cashman’s better judgement.

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