Cashman likely will pay the price

Updated: October 28, 2003, 9:10 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
  • World Champion manager Jack McKeon is outraged that the Red Sox are on the verge of canning Grady Little because he plays hunches rather than relying on statistics. ``If he uses hunches and can win 95 games, maybe we should all start using hunches more,'' McKeon told Jeff Horrigan of the Boston Herald. McKeon did not entirely dismiss the statistical approach favored by Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein. ``Some people believe in numbers and some don't. A lot of guys play hunches, but I think it's a combination of both. You've got to go with stats sometimes, but you can't ignore your gut feeling. There's no set way.''

  • What were George Steinbrenner's actions immediately following the Game 6 loss to the Marlins? He lingered around the stadium and then issued a defiant "yes" to a question about keeping manager Joe Torre but was more cryptic regarding the fate of general manager Brian Cashman. At least, Chuck Culpepper of Newsday points out, he did not issue an apology to the city of New York as he did when the team lost the World Series to Los Angeles in 1981.

  • Mike Lupica of the New York Daily News longs for the old Yankees -- not of the '30s, '40s, '50s or '70s, but just three years ago. Would they have let this happen?
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