Brian Cashman took the time to speak with reporters on Friday afternoon at Yankees spring training in Tampa, Fla., and discussed his thoughts on the different aspects of the Houston Astros cheating scandal.
His reaction to Astros' apologies
"It's best for us now to start moving forward. What has happened in the past, obviously we're upset, our ownership's upset, our front office is upset, our players that were with us in '17 especially were upset, and understandably so. And there's nothing really to do about that at this stage and going forward. It's healthiest for the game as we move forward and focus on the present and the future and try to leave the past in the past, and the people that are responsible for this conversation that's being forced to be covered and take place, to answer for it and discuss it more so than us. I think it's probably the healthiest thing to do."
"Obviously we work very hard to try create a window of winning and there's no guarantee how long those windows are open, so we're still focused on trying to push through that final tier of our window of opportunity and our efforts to become a world champion again."
On if he's satisfied with results of MLB's investigation into buzzers or other devices
"I have no idea what's going on in other environments. I'm not in the position to know what did or didn't, but I've worked in New York long enough to know, and I've tried to create the culture, in our environment, with our personnel, players, support staff, coaches, that there are no secrets. If anything is going on that's not above board, it's going to come out. It doesn't matter what location you happen to be operating in, that's obviously why the Houston Astros are going through what they're going through, which is something that has come to the surface, that they are dealing with now, and our industry is forced to deal with as well."
"So, I'll continue to push that environment here. Do everything the right way. We're going to try and continue to gravitate toward the best players we possibly can and put them in the best position to have them succeed and create an environment where we're doing everything in our power to follow the rules and do it the right way and then take our chances and live with the results after that. But I can't speak to what goes on elsewhere..."
"Listen, Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball and their security detail, their hands are full constantly with a lot of speculation and complaints, and it really wasn't until the whistle blower came out that you could ever really put any meat on the bones. So there are many teams in the game where pointing fingers is one thing, but pointing fingers and having evidence and proof is another. And so it's just a very challenging circumstance. I'm satisfied that the powers that be are doing everything in their power in real time to create that environment of fair play. It's a big job. And from my perspective, I'm just going to continue and focus on my job and try to do the best that we can..."
On if sign stealing directly impacts competition
"Yes. I mean no question about it, you wouldn't be doing it."
On if it affected the 2017 ALCS
"I definitely think it had an effect on things, no question. The Houston Astros were dealing with a distinct advantage more so than their opponents. That's a fact. I don't think anybody can disagree with that even though they may try."
On the output of responses from throughout the league on the scandal
"It's clear that there's a bit of a therapeutic side to this thing, which is I think everybody has the right to speak to the subject matter and what's real to them. Speak their truth. And then find the time, sooner than later, to turn the page forward because it's all you can do at this point. Obviously this is a very noteworthy story and we're all gathering at our various camps now and being asked a lot of questions on a daily basis...It's an unhealthy dynamic for our game to be dealing with and I'm just looking forward to getting back to normal, despite the frustration of what occurred back in '17 at the very least. But ultimately, that was then and this is now, and we have an exciting opportunity with the personnel that we have here and try to keep the focus on what's ahead of us rather than what's in our past."
On Carlos Beltran
"Well Carlos Beltran was a part of our organization last year and didn't have any influence...we did things right. ...We asked so many people, Carlos included, because there's been a lot of suspicion on the Houston Astros and what happened in '17, and anybody that's been a part of that and they kind of avoided answering the questions."
"The Carlos Beltran that I know is a good person, a great player obviously, kind of a gentle giant -- a very strong and physical imposing athlete, but with a warm gentle side to him, that was a great teammate, someone easy to communicate with from a front office's standpoint ... someone that's a friend."
"I'm not saying he didn't do anything wrong. Obviously the commissioner's report speaks for itself, but in terms of forcing people to do this that or another thing, I'm having a hard time buying that, cause that's not the person that I knew as a player and not the person that I knew as our special advisor."