Instead, Cashman was re-signed to a three-year contract on Friday
and spent the day expressing his happiness at having another
opportunity to get the Yankees to the World Series.
"The thing that we're not used to is what we've experienced
recently," Cashman said on ESPN radio. "I'm really happy that I have
a chance to be part of the solution rather than being on the outside
Before getting into the formalities of the longtime general
manager's new deal, and the challenges of getting the Yankees back
to the postseason, the blame was placed on hitting coach Kevin Long
and to some extent first base coach Mick Kelleher, who were not
retained despite having a year left on their contracts.
Offense was down throughout the game as pitching staffs improved and
defensive shifts forced teams to make adjustments. Perhaps the lack
of offensive results was most noticeable with the 26 hitters that
the Yankees used.
The average age of that group was 33. It was a group that was near
the bottom of the American League with 633 runs, a .245 batting
average, a .307 on-base percentage and a .687 on-base percentage.
--The St. Louis Cardinals added veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski to
the roster for the National League Championship Series and removed
left-handed reliever Sam Freeman.
Pierzynski gives the Cardinals an extra bat on the bench and a third
catcher behind Yadier Molina and backup Tony Cruz against the San
--The Baltimore Orioles dropped starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez from
their American League Championship Series roster and added
left-handed reliever Brian Matusz.
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The Orioles signed Jimenez to a $50 million deal before the season
started. For their investment they received a pitcher who compiled a
6-8 record with a 4.81 ERA. He missed much of July and pitched only
11 innings in September.
Matusz had a 2-3 record with a 3.48 ERA this season.
--Manager Ron Roenicke will be back with the Milwaukee Brewers next
season, but hitting coach Johnny Narron and first base coach Garth
Iorg won't be on his staff.
The Brewers announced that Narron and Iorg were not retained for
next year, but the rest of coaches will return, including Roenicke,
who has a 335-313 record in four years as Brewers manager.
Milwaukee collapsed down the stretch after leading the National
League Central for a significant portion of the season. A stretch of
16 losses in 20 games doomed the Brewers in the division, which was
won by the St. Louis Cardinals.
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