BALTIMORE — Brian Cashman said the buck stops with him.
In discussing at length, for the second straight day, the Yankees’ poor start to the season, the general manager said neither Joe Girardi nor his coaches are to blame.
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And, therefore, their jobs are not in danger.
“They’re doing everything they possibly can,” Cashman said before Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles. “They’re not responsible for this. Listen, I put this roster together and it’s underperforming so it’s my responsibility . . . I don’t think this is a coaching issue or a manager issue in any way, shape or form.”
The Yankees entered Tuesday’s game 8-15, last in the AL East, and on a five-game losing streak, which includes a three-game sweep by the Red Sox last weekend at Fenway Park.
“The bottom line is I’m the general manager and I’m not used to sitting there watching this type of baseball, just like our fans aren’t used to watching this type of baseball,” Cashman said. “It’s certainly a reflection on me and I take it personally.”
Other than the back end of the bullpen and Masahiro Tanaka, Cashman said it’s been a “collection of underperformance” that led to the Yankees coming into Tuesday seven games under .500.
“I’d say most everybody on this roster, and I’d include myself in this, can’t look in the mirror right now and feel like they’re getting the job done,” Cashman said.
For his part, Girardi said he’s not concerned with his job security.
“I know for me I don’t ever worry about my job,” he said. “I’m going to do what I do.”
A sweep at Fenway, and such an April overall, in the distant past would have brought a very public condemnation from owner George Steinbrenner, who passed away in 2010.
The Boss’ youngest son, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, operates a bit differently.
But, Cashman said, that doesn’t mean he’s satisfied with what’s occurring.
“I’m not going to represent ownership, but clearly they’re not happy,” Cashman said. “But it’s a catch-all. There’s no one that would be happy, other than our opponents.”
A little gamesmanship?
Moments after the Orioles finished batting practice Tuesday, and while Girardi was speaking with the media pregame, the grounds crew pulled the tarp on the field before the Yankees could start BP. Though there was rain in the area, only a few sprinkles fell during the time the Yankees would have taken BP.
“They’re covering the field?” Girardi said, interrupting himself while answering an unrelated question. “Of course, they hit and [now] they’re covering the field.”
Girardi enjoys a collegial but cool relationship with Orioles manager Buck Showalter.