Cashman told this to MLB.com Monday:
"I worry that his velocity is down and I worry that his fastball command is not there," Cashman said. "Those are usually things where something's going on, but he said, 'No.' He said right now, he feels [health] is not the issue."Gee, Cash, maybe Javy isn't being straight up with you about his health. I know that would be a big shock and all. It's not like he lied about being injured the first time around or anything. Oh, wait.
Cashman also said:
"I believe that when you start to struggle, especially in a bigger market, you can be your own worst enemy because you want something so bad," Cashman said. "All of a sudden, you get on the wrong side of the mountain -- it's hard to stop. It's up to us to find ways to stop and regroup. That's what we're trying to do.
"When you're struggling like this in a market like this, it's louder and harder. He's not running from it. You can see that it bothers him. It hurts. He wants success, he wants to do right by everybody. He's fighting himself while he's doing it."
How the heck did Cashman not see that this would happen? You have a pitcher who has a history of excelling with lousy teams, and having his worst years with contending teams. He is also the same person who didn't tell the truth about being injured the first time around with the Yankees. Oh, and he's also poorly remembered by fans for giving up that grand slam to Johnny Damon in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS.
So how in the world did Cashman think that Vazquez would excel in Yankeeland the second time around? Granted, I hate the Bomber fans booing at him. But geez, why couldn't Cashman think that this was going to happen?
Heck, I knew this would be the result at the time. As I said upon hearing the news that Vazquez would be a Yankee again, if he's the answer, then I don't want to know the question! Here's some of what I wrote on December 22, 2009, the day of the trade:
Brian Cashman appears to be systematically getting rid of the postseason stars/good personality guys/players able to handle New York on this team, like Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, and now Melky Cabrera. It's one thing to trade Cabrera and get a pitcher in return - I can understand that. I just can't understand giving Vazquez another try. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.Granted, while I was right about Javy, I've been wrong plenty of times before. For example, I was completely against signing A.J. Burnett - I even wrote that I'd rather have Carol Burnett than A.J. Burnett as a Yankee. But he proved me wrong, and has become on of my favorite Yankees.
We all know how important it is for a player to be able to handle New York. It's why Johnny Damon was worth every penny of that $52 million contract - he's a winner. Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam in his first game as a Yankee and became a fan favorite - and MVP of the World Series. Javier Vazquez, not so much.
I'm not exactly thrilled to be right this time around. And I hope Javier Vazquez ends up proving me wrong. He's not a bad person - Vazquez is no Kevin Brown, personality-wise, and I've heard Javy is personally a very good guy. But he should never been put in this position to fail - again - as a Yankee. And Cashman ought to get more blame than he's been getting for acquiring him in the first place.
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