During spring training, Cashman told The Athletic that the Yankees were robbed of the chance to win the World Championship in 2017 due to the Astros’ cheating scandal.
“The only thing that stopped us [in 2017] It was something illegal and horrific. Cashman said… The only thing that derailed us was the cheating circumstances that kicked us out athlete.
Fast forward to this week, which Crane said USA TODAY He’s not a fan of Cashman’s criticism of the Astros over the Yankees’ involvement in signal theft in years past.
“I found his comments very strange,” Crane told USA Today on Wednesday. “There’s the message, and you’re doing that too. I was there dude. What are you talking about?”
Before the Yankees Series opened with the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on Thursday, Cashman was asked about Crane’s comments — and he didn’t hold back.
“I don’t think anyone would dance to the tune he sings, to be completely honest,” said Cashman. “I would say this is called an aberration, it is trying to equate probably the equivalent of a parking ticket to 162 felonies. I don’t think anyone would accept this stuff.”
The parking card that Cashman is referring to, and the abuses Crane was alluding to, came from the “letter” issued by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred about the Yankees’ team using the video replay room to steal signals and pass that information to the bunker.
Read: What we learned about the release of ‘The Yankee Letter’
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According to a message Manfred sent to Cashman in 2017, the Yankees also used the phone in the video playback room to relay signals to coaches on the bench at some off road stadiums where the video room was not close to the dugout.
This happened in the 2015 season, as well as in the first half of the 2016 season, according to the letter. The letter was dated September 14, 2017, and the Yankees received a $100,000 fine.
As noted by Cashman, the Astros paid a $5 million fine, which is significantly more than the Yankees and the maximum amount allowed by the MLB. Houston also lost both the first and second round draft in 2020 and 2021 as well.
MLB has suspended Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch throughout the entire 2020 season. Houston fired both GM and the manager after the accident was revealed.
The Yankees spent two years trying to keep the “message” a secret to the public, but it was recently revealed after a dismissed lawsuit between the Astros and the Red Sox.
After “The Letter”, Manfred vowed to hand out much harsher penalties for future signal-stealing scandals, which proved to be the case for the Astros.
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