New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has gone on the record as saying that the Yankees would have won the World Series in 2017 had it not been for the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scandal.
The Astros defeated the Yankees in seven games in the 2017 ALCS, with the home team winning every game.
Cashman says he is tired of hearing people talk about how the Yankees haven’t been to the World Series since 2009 and believes the club would have handled the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Fall Classic.
One Yankees fan on Twitter points out a little hypocrisy on Cashman’s part, as it was not too long after the 2017 ALCS that the Yankees chose to cut ties with their manager at the time, Joe Girardi.
Cashman: We won the World Series in 2017!
Also Cashman: We need to find a new manager because Girardi isn’t the right fit!
— Yankeesource (@YankeeSource) March 31, 2022
What Was Cashman Thinking?
It’s interesting that Cashman has such faith that the team would have won it all in 2017, especially after they let go of Girardi.
Cashman’s comments are quite confusing.
At the time, they cited him as not being the right fit for the future of the team, which begs the question: If the Yankees had beaten the Astros and gone on to defeat the Dodgers in the World Series, would Girardi have been let go anyway?
And how would that look to the rest of the baseball world, the Yankees choosing not to bring back their manager after winning the World Series under him, which would have been his second as Yankees’ manager.
It would be somewhat similar to how the St. Louis Cardinals cut ties with Mike Shildt at the end of the 2021 season after a 17-game win streak propelled them to the postseason, but on a larger scale.
It would likely be met with shock and confusion, similar to how the Shildt situation was.
But we’ll probably never know, will we?