The last two people on this Earth you would ever think to have something in common now do. General Manager Brian Cashman and Alex Rodriguez, both of the New York Yankees, are divorced as a result of extramarital affairs. But like A-Rod, can Cashman put his personal problems aside to get his job done?
Cashman joined this distinct group as the news broke that he had an affair with the woman who was arrested for reportedly stalking him. The same woman, Louise Neathway, also allegedly attempted to extort money from Cashman in exchange for keeping the affair a secret.
This reminds us all of the exploits Rodriguez was involved in a few years back when he was caught cheating on his then-wife, Cynthia. A-Rod was caught with a hot blonde in a Toronto hotel which was quickly followed by the divorce.
It was one instance in what was reportedly a long string of extramarital affairs that A-Rod had been involved in.
The A-Rod divorce saga was in 2008 and didn't seem to affect him in the regular season that year. Rodriguez hit 35 homers and 103 RBI while batting .302.
There should be absolutely no concern that Cash will be distracted from the task at hand. From the same reports I mentioned before, we also discovered that the marital problems between he and his wife, Mary, have been going on for about a year.
In that time, Cashman has made all the right moves for the Yankees and with a little luck, gotten solid results from them. He even helped bolster the Bombers' starting rotation this offseason, a department in which the Yanks were in dire need, by signing Hiroki Kuroda and trading for Michael Pineda.
Will Cashman divorce affect his job performance?
If A-Rod was still able to swing the bat and hit the ball (the hardest thing to do in sports) with all the distractions he created for himself, then there's no reason why Cash can't pick up a phone and make logical deals with fellow general managers.
Besides, he's made plenty of illogical moves when not involved in a cheating scandal, so I doubt this mess he's in now will change anything.
Expect Cashman to be ready for the 2012 season to start and maybe more so than in past years considering his situation. The goal of preparing this team for a World Series run this season and into the transition into the future will not change.
Whether you attribute it to smarts or money, Cashman is still one of the top executives in the MLB, and I don't expect that to change for anything.
As a Yankee fan, I'm not concerned at all. Unless of course Cashman starts hitting the single scene with A-Rod. Then, I'd be worried. Let's just hope things with A-Rod and Torrie Wilson work out so we can avoid that mess.