MLBPA Number Two, Gene Orza, is stepping down


Gene Orza, the number two man at the Players’ Association is stepping down. He’s been there since the mid-80s and, as bad cop to Don Fehr’s, um, slightly less bad cop, he has been on the scene for every major development related to labor relations since then.

Orza stepping down comes just after the league’s number two guy, Bob DuPuy called it quits. Orza probably said it best today when he said “It’s simply time for the old to make way for the new. And what better time than now?”  No one has told Selig that, though, but I’m pretty sure he’s going to live forever, so those rules don’t apply to him.

Anyway, it’s the right time for the league and the union’s old Consiglieres to step down.  We’re a bit over a year until the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires, and it’s probably best for each side to have people in place now who will be in place when the new one is negotiated.

As for Orza and DuPuy? Watch for them second-guessing their successors on ESPN as the negotiations rage, or at the very least murmur, on.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.