Brian Cashman defends New York Yankees amid World Series drought talks, citing ‘cheat circumstances’ during 2017 Houston Astros loss

The New York Yankees are chasing their first World Series title since 2009, but general manager Brian Cashman thinks there should be a clear exception in the discussion of the championship drought.

Cashman, in an interview Wednesday with The Athletic, countered the notion that the Yankees are trailing titles and cited that the 2017 team lost in the American League Championship Series to the Houston Astros, the finalists. was eventually punished by Major League Baseball for illegally stealing the opposing team’s signage.

“The only thing that stops [the 2017 Yankees] Cashman told The Athletic it was something so illegal and horrible. So I was outraged when I started hearing that we hadn’t made it to the World Series since ’09. Because I thought, ‘Well, I think we’ve actually done it the right way.’ Drag it down, bring it up again. Well drafted, good deal, well developed, well signed. The only thing that got us off track was a deceitful circumstance that brought us down. “

The MLB revealed in 2020 that the Astros used a midfield camera, video screens and trash cans to relay opposing teams’ pitches to Houston’s tops in real time during the 2017 season. The Astros defeated the Yankees in seven games in the 2017 ALCS before defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

The Yankees have been one of the Astros’ harshest critics since the MLB’s announcement more than two years ago, and Cashman admitted Wednesday that he still considers the sign-stealing scandal when assessing dry periods. New York’s recent.

“I’m over now,” Cashman told The Athletic. “But it annoyed me when it came up. We built something that – I can’t tell you we’re going to win. I can’t tell you we’re going to beat the Dodgers. But I feel pretty confident that that team [the Astros] wouldn’t have stopped us, if it weren’t for those advantages. That is all.”

The Yankees have made it to the knockouts every year since their loss to Houston in 2017 but haven’t made it past the ALCS and have won only one AL East Division title in that span.

Their last trip to the Fall Classic was in 2009, when they beat the Philadelphia Phillies to win their 27th championship in franchise history, but Cashman still considers the 2017 Yankees a “World Series team.”

“People were like, ‘Oh, we haven’t made it to the World Series’ … and I thought, ‘Yeah, I don’t think that’s as true a statement as it could be,'” he said. had a World Series team, and you either finished or didn’t.

“People don’t want to hear that, I understand. But it’s true for me. I think it’s true for all of us.”

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Luke Plunkett

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