In difficult times, Brian Kashman takes a surprising public approach. He plays the role once played by George Steinbrenner and is only devoted to the results of his work, measured by the sad news on the board.
She said her Yankees were “sucking right now.” He said his product “smells up to the sky.”
Have you ever met another general manager who says these words in a confessional booth, never being upset at a media session in the country’s most volatile market?
The Yankees suffered a delayed knockout from the rain when Aroldis Chapman handed Jared Walsh a big hammer on the ninth day before he was knocked out in the first-round knockout by Shohai Ohtan on Wednesday night – the first grandee in the facilitator’s career. Manage four points leading to a horrific defeat 11-8, Kashman had already been hit hard by Kashman. Of course, the number of fans started from the head of the cottage industry and reduced to building a $ 201 million team, which often plays the game without any creative spirit and sporty elegance. Compared to waiting, the Yankees can do almost nothing on or off the field.
Cashman had to keep Aaron Bone on the cover.
“I did it when Joe Girardi and Joe Torre were managers,” GM told The Post. “If you want to say when Torre was under siege and people need him to go, or Jirardi, you can turn the clock back and I did. I’m not afraid if it’s guaranteed.
“The easiest thing to do is to create sacrificial lambs to reassure the public. It’s very hard to go back to that legend and recognize our sport, and things won’t work out as you’ve planned many times. Now you have to tell the truth. We are our own and you have to own it.
Keshman was never afraid to tell the truth with cameras and tape recorders, which is one of the reasons he survived in New York for nearly a quarter of a century. The Mets had eight different men’s GM titles during this period, some more responsible than others. Over time, as his skin and scar tissue thickened, Kashman turned right or left when needed, making it easier to swallow the tools and fan blows.
Steinbrenner taught him to fight when to go back. The two were busy with countless, high-decibel screaming matches that always ended in some way, and Kashman continued his work. He learned how to play with the Boss and how to accept the facts of life in the ultimate media market. A few years ago, after GM kept silent at the end of the sale, the newspaper dressed him as a zombie next to the headline “Walking Time”. Keshman praised the humor on the back page. As one columnist wrote, “You can kill Keshman. You can’t kill him. ”
Listen, he deserves to be killed these days. His team is hard, swollen, one-dimensional, you say. Of course, given the annual mission, Keshman also deserves to go to hell for going (and counting) 11 seasons without winning the World Series.
But even if the Yankees miss the playoffs, he doesn’t deserve to be fired. Cashman has never managed a losing season (you need at least two to get canned). He was suspended for just two years from his seventh season of at least 100 wins and his 11th trip to the ALCS. Yes, the four-series ring he worked for as a GM still has to believe in something.
Even in a time when sports executives are thriving, he needs opportunities and accountability while sitting at his desk.
“You can’t fool anyone in New York,” Cashman said. “If you walk badly, I don’t know how you wear it with sugar. It’s easier to face, and make sure people know that you’re trying to do everything you can to deal with it, and not a duck. I don’t know how to do this job and you are not responsible as part of the job at the same time. … In good times and bad, you need to be direct with your customers, your fans. ”
Kashman set a long-term tone when he acknowledged at a press conference in February 1998 that talent identification was not a personal force – something more new GMs would say in the Steinbrenner press. Years later, Kashman remains a truth-teller, even if his team wins. Even in ninth place when his team hit four leaders.
Even if you didn’t know: you’ve kept one of the biggest jobs in sports for 24 years this way.