Brian Cashman’s Thunder Thoughts

This report from David Fenster, WIMG’s sports director, who attended the Thunder’s press conference to announce the renewal of the PDC…

All of what you’ll see are quotes from Brian Cashman, ever the popular figure on this blog as of late.

I asked him if the Thunder’s commitment to renovations played a part in the length of the new PDC: “They were a discussion point and I’m glad that they were (the Thunder), obviously, willing to do this for us, but at no time were we interested in moving from this place, leaving this place. This is home and it feels like we’ve been here for a very, very, long time and I’m glad to say that you’ll be seeing us here for the next 6 years too.”

In response to a question regarding how he feels about Trenton and Scranton both winning championships this year: “The fans come out to support the team and it’s our job to come with quality talent to run through and develop. We have a player development program that we’re executing and that is first and foremost, and obviously, if you can win on top of it, it’s all the better…..it’s hard to sell a quality product if you don’t put a quality product on the field. The NY Club has had a lot of needs in the last few years and we’ve pulled from Scranton and when you do that, you pull from Trenton and we’ve been able to plug some holes together.”

I asked him if it was a bittersweet day since the big club would not be playing baseball in October for the first time in many years, yet he is here in Trenton, where we won back to back championships. I wanted to know if the fact that our players have contributed to the big club was resulting from a “new philosophy”, or increased talent with a tip of the hat to scouting.

“It’s a matter of both. You hope so..no doubt that the players have gotten better under Tony Franklin and the fact that they’ve been promoted bodes well for our future when talent at this level has been tested and they’ve rung and answered the bell (by winning the championship). How this ownership group treats our players is second to none. Trenton is a wonderful place to play and a great environment for our managers, coaches and players. There is now a willingness in NY to give young players opportunity. The high end talent move themselves, and whether it’s players with stats, like Edwar Ramirez, who was released twice by the Angels and signed from Independent ball, or someone like Phil Coke, who was a high end guy at first, then lost his way and then stepped up to find his way here in Trenton. I mean, he spends maybe 70-85% of his time with Trenton, and now no one can touch him on a big league level. It’s a great story.”

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6 Responses to “Brian Cashman’s Thunder Thoughts”

  1. sturdevant Says:

    Mike,
    from the stories and the pix, Cashman doesn’t appear to be about to do anything but stay as GM….did you get the same impressions from your interviews?

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    To be clear, I was not at the press conference and this was a report from David Fenster, good friend and WIMG sports director.

    In my conversations with Brian during the season, it was honestly never something that came up. It isn’t really something that’s too relevant to the Thunder and my coverage of them, so I don’t really bring it up. And honestly, if he’s being kind enough to give me a few minutes of his time to speak about Trenton, I don’t really feel it would be appropriate.

    I do hope he comes back though. He seems like a good guy.

  3. ebyank Says:

    What do you write about until April?? Where do you eat if no baseball games??

  4. thunderbaseball Says:

    Ha. Hopefully hockey (don’t know yet) and anywhere near home.

  5. Coke1 Says:

    and just think Mike, at one point your were thinking Phil should be one of the guys sent back to florida to make room for other up and commings. opps

  6. thunderbaseball Says:

    I’m honestly not sure if I ever said that he should be sent down, but for the first month of the year, I definitely thought it was a strong possibility.

    I remember he pitched really well in that exhibition game against Scranton, and then he really struggled for the next few weeks. Considering he wasn’t really considered a prospect at that time and that the Yankees organization hasn’t always been very patient with guys at that level in the past, I always thought it was a possibility.

    But then he really started pitching really well, and proved me wrong. He was probably one of my favorite guys to cover this year…very engaging and always willing to talk, and talk honestly. Was happy to see him get to the big leagues…but I do admit, that I never thought it would happen for him that quickly after those first few weeks.

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