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Brian Cashman Breaks Silence, Says It’s Time For A “Fresh And New Voice” To Lead Yankees

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During an hour-long conference call on Monday afternoon, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman made his first public comments since it was announced Joe Girardi wouldn’t be returning for an 11th season as manager of the team.

Girardi, 53, led the Yankees to six playoff appearances, four league championships, one World Series title, and an average of exactly 91 wins per season during his 10-year run as skipper.

According to Cashman, it was a “very difficult, challenging decision” to move on from Girardi.

“It was something that I thought long and hard about,” said Cashman. “Ten years is a long period of time in a particular job, which is manager of the New York Yankees. I think managing a Major League Baseball team is extremely challenging and difficult. Years ago, when I was forced to find a candidate to replace Joe Torre, I couldn’t have found a better one than Joe Girardi.”

The Yankees are currently the only team in baseball without a manager, and Cashman admitted he’s not the type to keep a strong list prepared.

“I never carry around a list. I do hear about and do know about other people that carry lists just in case. I’ve never operated that way. That’s a waste of time, particularly in this city that we work in. There’s so much going on that I don’t have time to carry around a list of who I’d like to deal with or work with.”

Despite Girardi’s success, the 50-year-old Cashman ultimately thought moving on would be the best option.

“I thought it was in our best interests to open this opportunity up to others to get a fresh and new voice. It might not be a different approach. I think the thought process behind our decisions will serve us best as we change that voice, despite walking away from somebody that we have a great deal of respect and appreciation for.”

Before the conference call came to an end, Cashman cleared the air on any misconceptions regarding his relationship with Girardi.

“I’ve seen a lot of things that talked about, my relationship with Joe wasn’t good. That’s not true. It was extremely good. I’ve seen a lot of things talking about, Joe wasn’t as analytical as we wanted him to be. I would say that’s not accurate either.”

According to MLB.com, Cashman listed “in-game decision making, prep work, open-mindedness to pro scouts, player-development recommendations, analytical suggestions, performance science, the medical side and being open and honest with the media” as plus-attributes for the next manager.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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