Joel Sherman says Cashman and Torre deserve to take a bow for the Yankees' accomplishment of resuscitating its season to within a magic number of 5 to clinch a playoff spot. He's right, they both deserve credit for the Yanks' current 67-35 rebound from their 21-29 start, refusal to deal their top prospects and use of the Yanks' kiddie corps to fuel the run.
Sherman will be right when the Yanks clinch a playoff spot. Not yet. The Monk still remembers how the Yanks finished their 2000 season (3-15), turning a race for best record in the AL into a scrap just to maintain what had been a huge lead over the Blosax.