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Brian Cashman's most difficult year

His job may be safe, but Yanks GM yearns to win championship for his late father

Updated: October 2, 2012, 7:31 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

This would have been a difficult season for any general manager, losing his prime offseason acquisition to shoulder surgery, his starting left fielder to an elbow injury and his future Hall of Fame closer to a freak knee injury, all within the first month of the season.

But the most difficult baseball season in Brian Cashman's life began back in November, with the most devastating blow of all: the news that his father, John, was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

Now, two weeks ...

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