Cashman calls Orioles a "sleeping giant"

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman appeared on the Scott Garceau show on MASN and 105.7 FM, the Fan this week, and had some interesting things to say. Bear in mind this is on the Orioles flagship station, but still, some good stuff. An excerpt of the story is below.

“Andy [MacPhail] is doing exactly what Andy does best. He is as sharp as they come. Patience is the biggest key. He made such an astute trade with Seattle and now he has a collection of talent. Getting Adam Jones to play with Markakis was remarkable. Now he has one of the bright young outfields.”

He goes on to compare the Orioles to Tampa Bay before they hit it big in ’08.

“Andy is doing the same thing. Everybody kind of sees the collection of talent. Players with big tools and high ceiling. When you are athletic and have those kinds of tools, when it all comes together, it comes fast.

“The Orioles are a team that has closed the gap, without a doubt. And Andy is showing the patience. I think their fan base will be very, very pleased. All the sudden, before they know it, they’ll have that foundation in place. They just haven’t seen it pop yet at the Major League level.”

“The Oriole way is coming back real quick. I went to high school and college in the DC area, so I know how important the Orioles are to that area. It’s a sleeping giant that will emerge again, I promise you.”

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