New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has responded to Houston Astros owner Jim Crane and called his comments "deflection." “I don’t think anybody’s gonna dance to the tune he’s singing, to be quite honest,’’ Cashman said, via The New York Post.
“I’d say it’s called deflection, him trying to equate probably the equivalent of a parking ticket to maybe 162 felonies. I don’t think anybody’s gonna buy into that stuff. I don't think anybody equates it to what the Astros did except for Houston.
[That is] the feedback from everybody in the industry, including Major League Baseball."
Crane called out Cashman
The Astros were found guilty of using illegal sign-stealing scheme during their 2017 World Series run.
That year, the Astros beat the Yankees in the postseason and Cashman said the only reason why the Yankees didn't win it all in 2017 was because the other team cheated. "The only thing that stopped us [in 2017] was something that was so illegal and horrific.
The only thing that derailed us was a cheating circumstance that threw us off," Cashman told The Athletic in March. This week, Crane addressed Cashman's comments. Last month, the letter that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sent to the Yankees in 2017 became public.
The letter revealed the Yankees ilegally used their replay room to steal signs and then send them to the dugout in 2015 and 2016. “I found his comments to be extremely strange,’’ Crane told USA Today. “There’s the letter, and you were doing it, too.
You were there, dude. What are you talking about? If I was one of the teams, and I knew our team was doing it, 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.’’