Cashman’s hidden legacy

Pete Abraham (LoHud) has an excellent read out on the pro scouting department that Brian Cashman built and bolstered back in 2005, which was the year Cash reportedly gained autonomy over the organization’s baseball operations. Basically, the department focuses on scouting pro players in order to inform future trades, waiver claims and other various moves. Cashman furthered the pro scouting agenda last year, bringing Bill Livesey back in late October.

To be perfectly honest, it’s sort of stunning to read this piece and realize that the Yankees — the richest team in baseball — didn’t try to have a leg up on the competition, from a scouting standpoint, until 2005. You would think that they would have used their resources wisely and created a comprehensive pro scouting system years ago.

2 thoughts on “Cashman’s hidden legacy

  1. It is interesting to read this post in relation to the last one. I wonder if the Yankees have a statistical guru as well.

  2. There have been a lot of ‘if I ran the Yankees’ moments since George took over and made the activities of the front office more transparent. (Signing or trading for guys like Collins in the early 80’s are high on that list).
    The number one thing to me was always spending a lot more on getting information instead of making moves mostly based on things like ‘he looked good against us’ or ‘last year he hit 40 HRs’.
    I think we should spend even more on scouting (and a lot more on stat analysis) than we do now, but at least we’re no longer completely blind.