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Brian Cashman: Astros’ ‘illegal and horrific’ action derailed Yankees

Feb 18, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA;New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman seemingly hasn’t forgotten — or forgiven — the Houston Astros for their sign-stealing scandal of 2017.

The Astros rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the American League Championship series to win in seven games, then went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series. Following an investigation by MLB, it was revealed the Astros illegally used a camera to steal signs, then relay them to the batters by banging on a trash-can lid.

The Yankees last reached the World Series in 2009, and in an interview with The Athletic published Thursday, Cashman blamed the Astros for denying them the chance again in 2017.

“The only thing that stopped (us) was something that was so illegal and horrific,” Cashman said. “So I get offended when I start hearing we haven’t been to the World Series since ’09. Because I’m like, ‘Well, I think we actually did it the right way.’ Pulled it down, brought it back up. Drafted well, traded well, developed well, signed well. The only thing that derailed us was a cheating circumstance that threw us off.”

Since their most recent Fall Classic appearance, the Yankees have lost the ALCS four times, dropped three division series, lost two wild-card games and missed the playoffs three times.

“I’m past it now,” Cashman told The Athletic. “But it does bother me when it comes up. We built something that — I can’t tell you we would have won. I can’t tell you we would have beat the Dodgers. But I do feel pretty confident that that team (the Astros) wasn’t stopping us, if it wasn’t for those advantages. That’s all.”

The Yankees open the 2022 season on April 7 at home against the Boston Red Sox. They will meet the Astros at Yankee Stadium for four games beginning June. 23.

–Field Level Media