I made a passing, joking reference to Brian Cashman sleeping on the streets this morning, but the story behind that deserves its own spotlight. From the New York Daily News, here’s why he was doing it:
Cashman was hoping that joining a group of nearly 50 business leaders in the Covenant House CEO Solidarity Sleepout would make people think about the plight of homeless youth, some of whom find help every day at the shelter near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Those friggin’ 1% cause most of our problems, I’m told, but they’re not all bad.
Seriously, though: very cool by Cashman. He got a lot of criticism as his public profile began to increase a few years ago, but the man seems to understand how much good he can do given his position.
Not all players coming in to spring training are in The Best Shapes of Their Lives. Some have put on a few pounds, such as Miguel Sano, notes Twins GM Thad Levine:
Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, though the Twins intend to lighten his schedule to prevent any new injuries.
They’d like to lighten something else, too: His “generous carriage,” as General Manager Thad Levine delicately put it last week. Sano’s conditioning understandably lags, after a winter largely spent incapacitated by the surgery.
Sano’s conditioning has often been a topic of conversation among the members of the Minnesota press corps, though not always in good faith. For example, last year when Sano injured his shin by fouling a ball off of it, one member of the The Fourth Estate found a way to make a column out of blaming the freak injury on Sano’s conditioning. At least in this instance his colleague is correctly noting that the poor conditioning is a result of the injury and not the cause.
Still, it’s just another issue facing Sano this spring. He’s out of shape, coming off of an injury, and — not that he’s due any sympathy for it — he’s facing a likely suspension arising out of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him late last year.
So this spring we’ll be seeing more of Sano, it seems. At least until that time we’ll be seeing less of him.