July 6, 2022



Yankees’ Brian Cashman on Astros’ Jim Crane’s comments: ‘No one’s buying it’

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A couple days after Jim Crane called out the Yankees, and specifically their general manager Brian Cashman, for some of their comments about the cheating that went on in Houston, Cashman fired back.

Cashman didn’t let that comment slide when asked about it by ESPN before the Yankees game against the White Sox on Thursday. He called Crane’s comments “a deflection” and that what the Yankees were doing was more like a parking ticket while the Astros’ scheme was more like “maybe 162 felonies.”

“No one’s buying the tune [Crane’s] singing, no one’s going to dance to that tune,” Cashman told ESPN. “And the reason I kind of equated it to a parking ticket to a felony is, as you recall, they lost multiple years of first-round draft picks, they were fined millions of dollars and decided to fire their manager and general manager because of their actions. There’s no equivalent to any of it. So that’s why I said it’s a deflection. No one’s buying it. No one’s singing to that dance tune. It is what it is, but I applaud him for trying.”

Cashman said he’s not the only one in the game who feels that way.

“I don’t think anybody equates it to what the Astros did except for Houston,” Cashman said. “[That’s] the feedback from everybody in the industry, including Major League Baseball.”

Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were handed one-year suspensions from baseball in January 2020 when the cheating scandal came to light and the Astros were fined $5 million and stripped of first- and second-round draft picks for two years. Crane subsequently fired Hinch and Luhnow.

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The Yankees were fined $100,000 for their offenses.

The Astros and Yankees, who are both in first place in their respective divisions, will meet on the field seven times in the regular season. The Astros have a four-game series in the Bronx in late June, then there are three games in Houston that will be split up because of the delay to the start of the season because of the lockout. The Yankees will play one game at Minute Maid Park on June 30, then return July 21 for a doubleheader in Houston.

The Astros have eliminated Cashman and the Yankees from the postseason three times since 2015.

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