The public spat between New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane over the sign-stealing incident continued this week, with Cashman dismissing Crane’s recent comments as a “deflection.” On Thursday, Cashman chastised Crane for comparing the Yankees’ unlawful use of the dugout phone in 2015 and 2016 to the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing fiasco. Cashman told reporters before Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, “I don’t think anybody’s going to dance to the tune he’s singing.” “I’d call that deflection,” she says, “him attempting to connect perhaps… a parking ticket to maybe 162 felonies.” Cashman told The Athletic before the season that the Astros were to blame for the Yankees’ failure.
If I was one of the teams, and I knew our team was doing it (cheating), I’d keep my mouth shut and just go about our business. But listen, I can only control what’s going on here. I can’t control what the other guys do.”
The only thing that stopped [the 2017 Yankees] was something that was so illegal and horrific,” Cashman said. “So I get offended when I start hearing we haven’t been to the World Series since ’09.’ … The only thing that derailed us was a cheating circumstance that threw us off.”The comments were met with backlash, particularly from Crane, who pointed to a recently released letter sent from the MLB to the Yankees in 2017 that detailed the team’s illicit use of techno
But Cashman told reporters Thursday that no one in the league, including MLB, sees it the way Crane does.
“… The reason I kind of equated it to a parking ticket versus 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.”
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