Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cashman drama could embarrass Yankees into making a change

When I first wrote about Brian Cashman's messy personal drama, I took the position that it did not seem to be anything more than a distraction and was unlikely to affect his status as general manager of the New York Yankees. That was before reports surfaced that Cashman may have shared insider information that he shouldn't have with his alleged stalker.

I will preface this by saying that this woman could be lying when she says that Cashman told her he misled federal officials about the Yankees’ knowledge of the steroids abuse by their own players. She could easily be doing exactly what she allegedly promised Cashman she would do: make him look bad in the media if he didn’t pay her off. But to me, this seems like exactly the kind of thing a person would say to someone he was seeing, especially if he was feeling guilty or nervous about misleading the feds. It would have been incredibly foolish for Cashman to share such details with anyone, but that does not mean it didn’t happen.

As a Yankees fan frustrated by the extent to which performance-enhancing drugs were abused by Yankee players, I’ve often wondered exactly how much the Yankees knew about what their players were doing. I find it impossible to believe the Yankees had no clue about the problem and there has been some circumstantial evidence that the Yankees may have at least had an inkling, as much as they denied it. In truth, I’ve always thought the Yankees just chose to look the other way.

But the Steinbrenners are not going to be able to look the other way if hard evidence surfaces to back the woman’s claims. If this case goes to trial, and I really doubt that it will, it’s entirely possible that embarrassing – and possibly criminal – information surfaces that will force the Yankees to let Cashman go. I’m fairly sure Cashman’s job is completely safe for now, but it might not be if these revelations continue. 

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