Thursday, October 27, 2005

Cash Gets Some Serious Cheddar to Stay With The Empire

This hit the wires earlier

Brian Cashman is staying with the only team he's ever worked for the New York Yankees.
The Bombers and their general manager agreed today to a three-year contract worth more than five (M) million dollars.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner says in a statement he is happy that Cashman is staying with the team.
Now that Cashman and manager Joe Torre are staying, the Yankees can start their offseason moves.
The first priority will be to re-sign outfielder Hideki Matsui, who is eligible for free agency.
New York also has a deal that is all-but-finalized with former San Diego and Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa, who would become third base coach.

Good move by the Boss keeping Cashman with the Empire. He's the best man for this madhouse. Cashman was on WFAN earlier and it sounds as if the Tampa meddling that was commonplace last year will be kept to a minimum. Let's hope so. We'll see how the Boss reacts when the Yankees are mired in five game losing streak in June...

I like the Bowa move as well. He's a good baseball man and a good infield instructer provided you keep a leash on him. My concern is his relationship with Cano. Sojo was able to stay on him and hopefully Bowa will be able get through to him and help in his development. This kid can be a player and it's important to have the right coach to work with him.

I would rather have Dave Righetti here, but Gator Guidry as the pitching coach is cool with me. My only concern is the fact that he hasn't done this full-time...only during spring training. But Joe seems like the idea. So I'm cool with it for now.

More later...


Blogger The Metmaster said...

Bowa is a viper. You don't think he's got his eye on St. Joe's job? Torre better keep his back covered. Bowa has worn out his welcome in every clubhouse he's ever been in. He's the perfect fit in that dysfunctional stew uptown.

5:05 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

I'm happy about Gator being Joe's #1 choice as pitching coach. I'd be happy with either him or Rags, but I have a soft spot for Gator. As for the Bowa thing. I hear he's a bulldog. Maybe that's what the Yanks need. I guess we'll find out in April. Have a good weekend. GO GIANTS!

9:20 AM  
Blogger Darth Marc said...

Welcome Metmaster...

he'll never get Joe's job. My guess is he'll do this for a year or two and then move on to wear out his welcome as the skipper for someone else...


I like the Gator decision because he was a winner. He can give these guys insight in how to compete. And he wasn't an overnight success so he knows what hard work is like...

Go Giants!! Do it for Duke Mara!!!

1:32 PM  
Blogger FenwayParked said...


Ortiz named AL Outstanding Player
11/03/2005 2:00 PM ET
By Ian Browne /

BOSTON -- Only time will tell if Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz gets the support of baseball writers when the American League Most Valuable Player is announced on Nov. 14. However, it is clear that Ortiz won over the respect of his peers with another monster year in 2005, as he was selected the AL's Outstanding Player in the Players Choice Awards on Thursday.

The left-handed masher seems to raise his game to a higher level each year.

In 2005, he was simply marvelous, establishing career highs in runs (119), hits (180), homers (47), RBIs (148), total bases (363), walks (102) and OPS (1.001).

The Players Choice Awards are the culmination of a unique process that annually allows players on all 30 teams to cast their votes.

This is just the latest honor for Ortiz, who was unveiled as the AL's Hank Aaron Award (best overall hitter) prior to Game 4 of the World Series.

The rise of Ortiz never gets old to Red Sox fans. He was released by the Twins following the 2002 season, then picked up by the Red Sox for a modest one-year contract (just more than $1 million).

In 2003, his first season with the Sox, Ortiz finished fifth in the AL MVP voting, bashing 31 homers and driving in 101 runs.

One-year wonder? Hardly. All Ortiz did in '04 was hit .301, smash 41 homers and drive in 139 runs.

But it was during the 2004 postseason that Ortiz truly became a household name.

In helping the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years, Ortiz produced a walk-off homer in the 12th inning of Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, then won Game 5 with an RBI single in the 14th inning, helping the surging Red Sox become the first team to rally back from a 3-0 deficit in a postseason series.

Again, Ortiz raised his game to another level in 2005, this time showing marked improvement in his plate discipline, while showing no apparent weakness at the plate.

Ortiz had a flair for the dramatic in 2005, winning games with walk-off homers on June 2 (against Orioles closer B.J. Ryan) and Sept. 6 (off Angels setup man Scot Shields).

Following that latter blast, Red Sox principal owner John W. Henry and president/CEO Larry Lucchino entered the clubhouse and presented Ortiz with a plaque that said, "The Greatest Clutch Hitter in the History of the Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz, #34."

Who could argue?

"It's incredible how he does things the way he does them," veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield said in September. "He's Mr. Clutch."

"David's a special player," Sox catcher Jason Varitek said. "He has a great swing. He has a great approach. He has good mechanics. He's powerful. He thrives in that situation."

How does Ortiz always manage to rise to the challenge when the game is on the line?

"I always think about, 'OK, I got to get the job done.' I believe in myself," Ortiz said following his game-winner off Ryan. "I believe I can do it. That's all I put in my mind."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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10:26 AM  

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