Brian Cashman has been general manager of the New York Yankees since 1998. 2017 will be his 20th season as GM.
Should Yankees bring back Brian Cashman and/or Joe Girardi in 2018? Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Neither. Both their contracts expire after the 2017 season. In yesterday's post, Cashman is quoted as stating that both would like to return.
I've documented many mistakes by Cashman on this blog. He is semi competent. I've also documented how Girardi's superior record has masked many of the organization's problems.
Hal Steinbrenner, the managing general partner and youngest child of the late owner George Steinbrenner, is in way over his head. He should not renew Cashman after this season. Hal should let the new GM pick the field manager...
The commissioner's office should step in and get the Yankees straightened out. Best would be the Steinbrenners selling the team, which has been advocated in this blog for some time.
What's most likely is that Hal will bring back Cashman. Hal simply does not know what else to do.
During Cashman's tenure as Yankee GM the Yankees have won four championships: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009. The Yankees had also won in 1996 with a team that featured Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. Those same four players were also keys to the last Yankee championship team in 2009, 13 years later.
In the last 16 years the Yankees have won just that one championship. It is surrounded by dry spells of 8 and 7 years. Since Babe Ruth joined the Yankees in 1920 the only dry spells longer than the two by Cashman:
1979-1995, 17 years
1965-1976, 12 years.
George Steinbrenner bought the Yankees from CBS in 1973 and ended both of those dry spells. His son Hal seems unable. 2009 may be not only the most recent Yankee championship season but the last.