Yankees General Manager can breathe easy as the club re-signed him for three more seasons. The clock is officially ticking for Cashman who might find himself out of a job if the team continues its current downward trend. The dollar figures have yet to be released, but Cashman is scheduled for a conference call later this afternoon.
With the New York Yankees missing the playoffs for a second straight season changes to the staff and roster were a foregone conclusion. Owner Hal Steinbrenner already apologized to the Yankee fan base on failing to live up to expectations and is doing what his old man George would have done. Fire people. Hitting coach Kevin Long and first base coach Mick Kelleher are the first casualties according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Long has been fired and Kelleher will not be brought back.
The Long firing comes as a shock. Since becoming hitting coach in 2007 Long helped turn hitters like Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson around as the bombers led the league in home runs from 2007-2012. However with the mix of injuries and underperforming the Yankees stopped hitting homers and scoring runs altogether. The free agent signings of Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury did not help and the non-signings of Cano and Granderson definitely didn’t help, Long shouldn’t be out of a job for very long and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up across town with the New York Mets.
Now it is all on Cashman and Manager Joe Girardi to fix this mess. They have to replace a legend at shortstop and figure out what’s going on in the outfield. Enjoy today Cashman, but tomorrow get your hard hat on and get to work because the Steinbrenner treatment is back.