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Brian Cashman spends night on New York streets for charity, talks Yankees (pics/vid)

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Brian Cashman, for the fourth consecutive year, slept outside on a Manhattan street on a chilly New York night to raise funds for charity and bring awareness to the plight of homeless children and adolescents.

The New York Yankees general manager set up a sleeping bag and braved the cool temperatures in the West 41st Street courtyard of Covenant House, the benefactor of the annual charity drive.

“I don’t know how any human beings can deal with this on a daily, weekly, monthly basis,” Cashman said, via the New York Daily News. “There’s no comfort on that ground. Even one night is terrible. With all the elements, with nature. It’s not right. No one should have to live like that.”

The night sleeping on the streets was part of Covenant House’s nationwide “Sleep Out” movement. The Covenant House “provides job training, education and long-term housing, aiming to offer a second chance to homeless youth,” per an MLB.com report.

“It’s a disaster. There’s no way to simplify it,” Cashman said of the homelessness issue. “That’s why obviously for those who are less fortunate, if we can get people to raise funds here and contribute to Covenant House, they’ve got programs to put people back on the right track and be a safe harbor.”

Since the task of running a baseball team like the Yankees stops for nothing, even for thoughtfully taking part in a very worthwhile cause, Cashman briefly talked Yankee baseball while settling in for his night outside.

Cashman declined to speak specifically about the team’s free agency plans, citing Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, he did make a few general comments.

“It’s not in my best interest and I don’t even think it’s allowed for me to legally say,” he said. “So I’ll pass, other to say that we’re looking at ways to improve our club. But we’re looking at smart ways to improve our club. I guess I can say that much.”

Cashman discussed the team’s needs and what positions the Yankees may address in free agency.

“I can restate clearly shortstop, maybe third base; the left side of the infield is definitely a priority,” he added. “I think we have good pitching, but there’s obviously some volatility in it because of the health status and health histories of some of them. Those are two areas I would like to focus on. Bullpen, clearly with the Robertson circumstance, is an issue. That’s a handful, right off the bat. I can’t really say if any of the big-ticket items are in play or not in play. I’m just going to say we’re doing everything in our power to improve the club. Ownership has always been very beneficial with the resources to put the team on the field.”

While it’s interesting to hear what Cashman had to say about the Yankees, what mattered most on a windy and cold Thursday evening is how the general manager was doing his part in raising awareness about a very troubling societal issue and educating folks how they can help and get involved.