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"I Think We're Pretty Fucking Good, Personally" - Brian Cashman Just Delivered a Disaster Of a Press Conference In Yet Another Rock Bottom Moment For The Yankees

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Today was never going to be a good day with both Hal Steinbrenner and that sniveling, bald, egotistical, rat loser Brian Cashman speaking to the media for the first time this offseason. To the surprise of no one, it didn't go well. What was expected to be just a bunch of blah, blah bullshit turned into a dumpster fire thanks to the Yankees GM. 

Hal was his usual, reserved self. He tries to seem angry, but it never really comes across the way that his father performed that emotion. Cashman on the other hand? He chose to engage this media session with hostility. He challenged any criticism fired his way and arrogantly dismissed his failures. It was a colossal embarrassment and I think one of the more pathetic things I've ever seen or heard from this organization given the state of the franchise.   

We'll lead off with the money quote. This was his response to being asked about the Yankees process and personnel who help make their everyday decisions. 

Oh I forgot to mention, Brian thought cursing a little bit today would show his toughness and anger at the backlash he constantly receives. He said "we're pretty fucking good" when talking about the people making decisions for this team. Keep in mind the Yankees finished 29th in the sport in hits this past year. They were 6th fewest in runs/game. They won 82 games, missed the now-expanded playoffs and nearly finished in last place of the division. Since 2017 they've fallen further and further away from their goal of a World Series. They've been lapped by all of their rivals and Cashman had the gall to stand up there and say his guys are "pretty fucking good." It's beyond insane to be that delusional as if we don't realize what's happening on the field. How stupid do you think we are?

Also yeah Cashman, you being here for a long time is not a good thing for the fans. No need to question that one. We all hate you. 

Cash was then asked about the organization's use of analytics and how there's this perception the team lives and dies with them. 

Cashman doesn't realize that most fans with a brain don't want the Yankees to abandon analytics. We just want them to emphasize different ones and take a different approach. Michael Fishman being the brains behind their approach is a giant problem. 

Very clearly the way they've been applying the data is not correct and needs to be looked at in a serious manner. Aaron Judge has said this out loud recently. They look at the wrong numbers. Every team in baseball uses analytics. Admitting we have the smallest analytical department in the division is not the brag you think it is. Also who cares if they have the biggest pro scouting department in baseball if it constantly brings in disaster after disaster. All of this needs a complete makeover. 

He then admitted he gets a kick out of people criticizing the Gallo and Sonny Gray trades.  

Sure it's frustrating to see Gray contend for a Cy Young on the Twins, but do you not realize your analytical team told him to change up his pitch mix for the worse? He also couldn't handle New York, but it's clear he's attacking hitters in different ways in Minnesota. With Gallo, why are you giving yourself a pass because he ended up on two playoff teams? He wasn't used on either squad in the postseason. He offered no impact to either team. Cashman is acting like Gallo lit it up in LA. I don't understand that response in any way. 

Reporter Joel Sherman then took it upon himself to challenge Cashman on how shitty his prospects consistently perform at the big league level. Good on Joel for standing up here and not taking Cash's bullshit. 

Sure Volpe's bat can come around next year and turn him into an All-Star, but what about Miguel Andujar, Clint Frazier, Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez? To bring up Oswald Peraza's lack of playing time also alludes to his poor roster construction. If you have a log jam at a position then trade from that to improve weaker areas. It's not rocket science. Instead Cashman will do his speciality and let Peraza rot on the bench. It's no secret that there is a disconnect between the minor league development and major league performance. How can you not admit that? Instead he's gotta be an asshole and go at reporters who are clearly in the right. 

And last but certainly not least, Cashman brought up injuries as his excuse for their failures in 2023. If you were to create a bingo board with every predictable saying, injuries would be the free space in the middle since it was a give-in he'd use that as a crutch.

For starters, you ever think it's your process that leads to injuries year after year? Also, does he not recognize every team deals with injuries? Look at the Rays. Their entire pitching staff was decimated this year. Wander Franco didn't play in the 2nd half.  They won 99 games. One player shouldn't derail your entire roster. With the payroll they have you shouldn't shrink to the worst offense in baseball just because your star hitter is out for a few months. Of course Aaron Judge's bat is irreplaceable, but for the amount of money you're allotted to spend you should have other guys picking him up. That's all on Cashman, not the bad luck of health. 

Earlier today Hal Steinbrenner said you shouldn't need a $300M payroll to win the World Series. He's not wrong, but when someone as dumb and arrogant as Brian Cashman is spending that money you do. When your GM thinks spending $25M a year on Josh Donaldson to be your 3rd baseman you don't have the luxury of salvaging a payroll. The only way to get out of this hole is to buy. There is no payroll flexibility here. Stanton's 4 years/$100M left on his deal is going nowhere. If you want to utilize the remaining primes of Gerrit Cole and Aaron Judge you have no choice but to buy/trade for premier players this offseason. It shouldn't take that, but it will only because of Brian Cashman, the bane of Yankee fans' existence. This is gonna be a long offseason. 

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