Sweeny Says: The Brian Cashman Unplugged Tour

By Sweeny Murti
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The Brian Cashman Unplugged Tour 2010-11 continues.

Thursday Cashman was locked and loaded, ready to answer those who thought A) Pedro Feliciano was hurt before the Yankees signed him, and B) Cashman was a hypocrite for saying the Mets “abused” Feliciano when the Yankees burned out many relievers under Cashman’s watch, namely Scott Proctor.

Here is the April 14th stop on the Cashman Unplugged Tour:

Later, Cashman went to amplify his remarks about talking to Scott Proctor and begging him to stop telling Joe Torre he was good to pitch when he wasn’t.  Cashman said that Proctor was reluctant to ever give the impression he was quitting on his teammates.

Torre had nothing to go on other than the answer Proctor would give him when he looked him in the eye and said, “Can you go tonight?” Cashman said he tried to tell Torre that his players were never going to tell an old school Hall of Fame manager they weren’t available; they were never going to tell the Godfather they couldn’t perform a favor for him.  The end result was surgery for the player.

It was out of this type of bullpen handling that the Joba Rules were invented in August 2007. Brian Cashman laid out the rules, and I’m certain in a very calculating manner made sure the media and fans knew the rules.  Call it preventive medicine.

Plenty of criticism has been directed at Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman for the bullpen rules, most pitchers not allowed to pitch more than two days in a row or three out of four.  But the conga line of pitchers (Steve Karsay, Paul Quantrill, Tanyon Sturtze, and Proctor) that went from the bullpen to the operating room was evidence enough for these guys to try something different.  For the most part they have been successful at keeping their relievers healthy.

Now, the Yankees are careful to say that Feliciano’s injury happened in spring training.  They knew the risks before they signed him.  They don’t consider him damaged goods prior to signing; pitchers get hurt and that’s part of it.  And while the pitch that finally tore Feliciano’s shoulder capsule happened in March 2011, the Yankees seem to have made it pretty clear they believe the 266 appearances from 2008-2010 had a little something to do with it in the end.

Think of it like this–the scene in Tommy Boy when Chris Farley bends back the door of David Spade’s convertible at the gas station pump.  When Spade comes back to the car and tries to open the door, it falls right off.  Farley feigns surprise and asks Spade, “What’d you do?”

Now picture the Mets, seeing the news that Feliciano might be done for year, maybe longer, looking at the Yankees and asking, “What’d you do?”

Sweeny Murti

Are the Mets to blame for Feliciano’s injury? Sound off in the comments below…


One Comment

  1. Dominick Mezzapesa says:

    Article about Derek Jeter getting no respect from Cashman, The Yankees, or the Fans http://goo.gl/9FN2S

  2. Steve From Lindenhurst says:

    Johnny V, you and Sweeney are smoking the same weed. What is wrong with you people? Shame on You?? “Illegal? Abused? Their professionals!!! Only a dweeb like Sweeney would try to use an anology based on a “Tommy Boy” reference. No wonder no one comes to this site. You guys are fruit cakes. BTW GO Yankees!!!! and have a great weekend.

    1. Johnny V says:

      You know very little about baseballl. You don’t put the same guiy in relief 4 or 5 days in a row unless you want to destroy his arm = destroying his career. We’re probably older than you and old enough to have seen players careers be ruined by such abuse by their managers.

      If I was Proctor i would sue the Yankees for about 50 million because thats the money they stole from the guy! Money he would have made had his arm not been ruined. I would hire a lawyer who would get paid when the case was won. (and believe me there are plenty who would). I would line up doctors and baseball managers and have at least 100 witnesses who would confirm that his career was cut short by that jackass Cashman and that leach Joe Torre. Torre who basically cashed in on the work that Buck Showalter/ Gene Michael did (in the early to mid 90’s) to get them to where there were in ’96. Torre is a leach who got the credit for Showalter’s work and then goes on to destroy close to a half dozen arms over the next 8 years and then had not a clue on how to motivate the Yankees to win in 2001 through 2008 etc. Then gets called a “Hall of Fame manager” for only being a message therapist of big egos on the team.

      Anyone managing a team of great clutch players that the Yankees had in the late 90’s would be declared a “Hall of Fame Manager” But again Torre had no idea how to motivate a team as he was a losing manager his entire life until he cashed in on Showalters Yankees team. Moreover, Torre in interviews attributes his losses from 2001-2008 in the post season to “not being lucky enough!” NOT LUCKY ENOUGH????!!! You were the luckiest damn manager in baseball with the most loaded offensive clutch hitters and best damn reliever in the history of the game and you attribute losing since 2000 as a steak of BAD LUCK ???? Who the hell are ^%&* kidding? He showed his true colors; a losing manager who had a propensity to cash in on arms and phenomenal talent. But when it came to lighting a fire under his team he had no idea how to and then blemed the teams demise on bad luck. No wonder he went to LA where laid back idiots wouldn’t have a clue what it takes to be motivated champions. And So Steve you braindead mindless twit whose probably breathed in too much lead loaded fumes from exaust on city streets… go suck on some fruitcake maybe if were lucky you will choke to death.

  3. Johnny V says:

    Thanks for bringing up the fact that those guys were abused by Torre and Cashman… I remembered (while reading this aritcle) being really annoyed a few year back about the overuse of those guys especially Proctor. It was as if they were going to get every pitch out of Proctors arm and dispose of him right after the All Star Break. You just knew that no one can be abused that way and it was pretty damn heartless of the Yankees. I also felt as though it was like building bad karma to have so little regard for those fine arms and in the end their careers will amount to very little. Maybe it did because Torre got canned right after Proctor got discarded. So I always wondered if that bad karma played into his demise.
    They say that every pitcher has only so many pitches built into their arm throughout theiir career and it was as if they took 12 seasons out of Proctors and Sturtzes arms in like 1 1/2 seasons. I sometime wonder how so few people who watch this game (over the course of their lives) could not have noticed the exploitation and abusing of those talented players the way they did. It should somehow be illegal ! Or maybe MLB league office should have a way of enforicing “punative damages” against organizations when they take advantage and even destroy a guy’s career. The league should have safeguard from such managerial practices and hold these managers and their teams accountable for destroying not only their arms but these player’s personal dreams of acheiving greatness.

    We will never know just how great players like Proctor or Sturtze could have been. They just go into the annals of baseball history as mediocre middle relievers who are barely remembered by anyone 10 years after they retire. Bad karma I hope it exist for when players get taken advantage of just like that. Shame on you Cashman and Torre, and the Yankees too! You might have thought no one noticed what you did but there are a lot of us baseball and Yankee fans who did… And maybe the Universe and Universal laws took heed to it to… thats what bad karma is all about when the Universe serves up “What goes around comes around”. You don’t have to be a Buddist to understand that. (as a matter of fact I am a devout Christian).

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