Yankees GM Brian Cashman has big praise for the Opening Day roster.
Opening Day has officially arrived, which means that the Yankees will begin their quest to capture their 28th world championship in franchise history. As far as World Series favorites are concerned, it goes without saying that New York is one of the heaviest.
Like recent seasons, the offense and bullpen will be the strength of manager Aaron Boone’s squad. Not only is the roster close to full strength (knock on wood), but the signing of superstar pitcher Gerrit Cole should be the final piece that helps the Yankees end their championship drought.
While fans evidently have high hopes for New York this year, they’d probably love to know what sort of ceiling the front office has for the team. Well, in the case of general manger Brian Cashman, this year’s Opening Day roster is the best he’s seen during his tenure.
Yes, Cashman is having some fun with the uniqueness of the 30-man unit, but there’s more than a kernel of truth in his boasting.
This had better serve as a warning for the rest of MLB. The Yankees have had some star-studded rosters over the last 22 years, so for Cashman to feel comfortable joking about the 2020 edition reigning supreme speaks volumes.
What also says a lot is that the 53-year-old executive isn’t known for making declarations as assertive as this. Fans in the Bronx know that Cashman does all of his work behind closed doors and normally keeps things close to the vest during interviews.
The fact that he’s this confident in this year’s side proves that the Yankees are positioned better than they’ve been in the last three years — which have resulted in one ALDS loss and two gutting ALCS defeats — to hoist the Commissioner’s Trophy.
We honestly didn’t think it was possible for Yankees fans to be riding any higher ahead of Thursday night’s clash against the Nationals. However, this high praise from Cashman should have them living above cloud nine with just hours remaining until first pitch.