Cashman is not a real GM, he plays fantasy baseball, no real budget
I disagree a bit here. I don't believe Cashman had been given the authority to run the ship the way he saw fit until only recently. I have noticed that he has passed on a lot of bad contracts over the past season or so and his assets have went up and his payroll down. Steinbrenner was running that show up until approximately '06.
I am not saying he is a genuis by any means I just dont know that we have seen enough of his true work to distinguish that point just yet. But by not being a Yankee fan I am disheartened to see that he seems to be making good decisions.
The interesting thing about Beane is that his teams seem to always put together a nice season. But they do not play well in postseason play for some strange reason. My gut says that he is TOO reliant on statistics and doesn't appreciate enough other aspects of the game. But he could always learn.
I guess what I think about that, is sometimes those guys you don't expect to make the one play that determines you winning or losing a game, series or entire postseason isn't always the greatest statistical player. He is Joe Oliver, Billy Bates, Mazeroski.
He isn't always Joe Carter or Kirby Puckett.