(courtesy Big House Dog)
If you want to hear a particularly testy exchange, click on the July 31 link for Brian Cashman (http://wfan.com/chrismikeaudio/). Cashman appears regularly with Mike and the Dog. Yesterday, with Francesa on vacation, Cashman and Russo went one on one, and Cashman nearly ended the interview. Both men scored their points. Russo is right about Corey Lidle – he’s a mediocre pitcher and it seems odd that Cashman would insist that he was the dealmaker in the Bobby Abreu trade.
But, Russo also managed his usual incoherence about how players should be judged. When he likes a player, it’s the whole body of work that ought to count. When he doesn’t, postseason failures become the only valid measure of success.
After Cashman’s near hang-up over Russo’s remarks about Cory Lidle (Russo ended that part of the conversation by telling Cashman: “I don’t want to lose your interview here” he started in on Abreu: “there appears to be, from afar, a missing ingredient to Abreu’s game.” After Cashman explained that Abreu was a top-five right fielder year after year in terms of on-base plus slugging – Russo went to his usual fallback, which is that Abreu’s teams have never won and he didn’t play well last September.
Cashman countered that Don Mattingly’s teams never won, and neither did Ernie Banks’ or Ted Williams’. Russo cited Mattingly’s 52 doubles one season and 45 homers in another. Of course, if we’re now talking about great regular seasons and not team success, Abreu’s had a far better nine-year run since the beginning of the 1998 season than any nine-year run in Mattingly’s career. (Mattingly was only really a standout player for four years, from 1984-1987).
Anyway, good times.