Yankees: Brian Cashman’s nonsense press conference was more of the same


The New York Yankees can hardly play baseball right now. But you know what usual, dismal constant remains?

The organization’s inability to read the room (in regard to their fan base) and deliver quotes to the media that indicate any sort of accountability.

We’ve gone from “Hitting is hard” to “We have to play better” to “The mood is certainly not happy.” Why not get started on a literary novel already?

Now, an impromptu press conference from general manager Brian Cashman on Monday expectedly had every fan on their toes. Is he going to rip the team? Is there a big move coming after Jay Bruce’s retirement? What purpose will this serve?

The answer? None.

Cashman merely said everything we already knew. Nothing inflammatory. Nothing to put an onus on the players. No tone of voice that even expressed a semblance of what the fans are feeling at the moment. More. Of. The. Same.

Brian Cashman’s press conference didn’t diagnose the Yankees.

Yes, we’d venture to say better days are ahead too! Fifteen games aren’t going to define this team’s overall performance in 2021, but they certainly do define the eternal struggles they’ve been unable to shake over the past three years.

Hasn’t this organization learned by now that these aren’t the responses that Yankees fans are receptive to? Does management truly think a run of bad fortune has resulted in this 5-10 start?

They threw objects on the field just three days ago! Horrific play is one thing, but failing to own up to it or show some raw emotion as a result is where the frustrations continue to mount.

That was probably Cashman’s most outside-the-box comment of the entire media session when talking about a team that has the second-worst record in the sport.

To continually give everybody a vote of confidence after THIS dreadful showing to kick off a campaign that was filled with World Series aspirations just feels like a slap in the face after Cashman spent all offseason taking shots at Gleyber Torres, dodging questions about Masahiro Tanaka’s potential return, and, for the most part, not making additions or transactions that helped diversify this one-sided lineup.

And speaking of the lineup! The man in charge of making the card gets a vote of confidence.

No, Aaron Boone isn’t front-facing when it comes to the blame game, but he continues to bat Aaron Hicks in the three-hole and opted to bench three of his starters in a rubber match vs the Blue Jays on Wednesday. And do we want to talk about the use of an opener on Friday?

Whew, good thing we know Hal is disappointed. Perhaps if he spent a few more million this offseason, the Yankees wouldn’t be 5-10.

Heck, they might have a lefty in the lineup who could actually make contact! Or maybe even a No. 2 starter!

Probably the only other justifiable comment from Cashman (aside from him criticizing the fans for their actions on Friday) came when he spoke of the starting rotation. Based on his decision to let Tanaka go in favor of Corey Kluber and Jameson Taillon, everyone (at least everyone with a level head) knew the rotation would not hit the ground running. Kluber and Taillon have barely pitched since 2019, which made those moves risky enough, but there’s a greater likelihood they pay dividends down the stretch and in October.

But Domingo German? An incomplete rotation? Overuse of the bullpen 15 games in? All contributing to the mounting issues.

We’re still wondering if this frivolous vernacular will turn the ship around. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting.