When you are an employee of the New York Yankees the word pressure takes on a whole new meaning.
New York is a city that doesn’t just like to win, they expect to win. Hence the passionate Yankee fans, who are living and breathe this very sentiment.
So, when things go astray for the Yankees or any other MLB team who takes the blame?
A teams general manager and in the Bronx, that would be Mr. Brian Cashman.
So, what do GM’s really do other then play fantasy baseball for real???
To start a general manager is a team’s decision maker over who controls player transactions; hires and fires the coaching staff; develops the plan for the minor league system that entails keeping tabs on all the players from Single-A to Triple-A ball; stays in close touch with every scout in the field to keep tabs on amateur eligibility and who to draft each season and this is just the beginning of the list.
Cashman also has the daunting responsibility of being the Yankees spokesman for everything and the media in New York expects answers all the time.
Cashman has been the fans and media’s scapegoat for all failures; and sees little gratitude for putting together a contending team season after season for New York to be proud of.
Here, in no particular order, are my Top 10 Best Brain Cashman Moves as GM of the New York Yankees:
(Please note that Cashman did not have full authority until 2008, as The Boss had the final word on everything and a lot of bad contracts were unfairly blamed, so many on the list are recent. Hey success is success.)