Category Archives: Managers and Coaches

Yanks name more coaches.

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Ok. This morning I named Phil Nevin as the new 3B coach and Josh Bard as the new bench coach. I also mentioned that it appears as if Mike Harkey will remain bullpen coach with Marcus Thames hitting coach (with Cockrell possibly gone).

Tony Pena won’t be back.

Carlos Mendoza has been named the IF coach. He also serves as a Spanish speaking go-between. Mendoza, 43, played in only 28 major league games, going 4 for 22 with the Mets and Rockies, 1997 and 2000.

Reggie Willits becomes the 1B and baserunning coach, as well as OF coach. Willets, 36, played for the Angels 2006-2011. His best year was 2007, when the OF hit .293-0-34 with 27 SB for them, and finished fifth in ROY voting. In 414 MLB games, he hit .258-0-58, OPS+ 78. His 162 g. average was .258-0-23 w/16 SB.

 

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Stanton press conference today. Yanks to also announce new bench & 3B Coaches.

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The Yanks will have a press conference at 2 PM today to announce their acquisition of slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Also to be announced today are two new coaches.

From Replacement Yankees web blog:

Josh Bard will be Aaron Boone’s new bench coach. Bard, 39, was a catcher for the Indians 2002-2005, Red Sox 2006, Padres 2006-2008, Washington 2009, and Mariners 2010-2011. In 586 MLB games, he hit .254 with and OPS+ of 90. His 162 g. average was .254-11-61. He got into one postseason with the 2006 Padres, going 1 for 7. He had hit .330-9-40 as a platoon C that season.

Bard was a teammate of Aaron Boone’s in Cleveland in 2005 and has spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach. As a former catcher, he probably will also work with Gary Sanchez.

Phil Nevin will be the Yanks’ 3B coach. Nevin was the guy selected by Houston one notch above Derek Jeter in the 1992 MLB draft, much to the chagrin of Astros’ scout, HOF Hal Newhouser.

Nevin, 46, was the Giants’ 3B coach in 2017. He played for Houston 1995, Detroit 1995-1997, the Angels 1998, the Padres 1999-2005, Rangers 2005-2006, Cubs 2006 and Twins 2006.

He topped 100 RBI in 2000, 2001 and 2004, and hit 31 HR in 2000 and 41 in 2001. He played 3B, 1B, C and some corner OF.

He hit .270 with 208 HR in his MLB career, OPS+ 114. His 162 g. average was .270-28-99. He went 0 for 3 in his only postseason with the 2006 Twins.

The Yanks are expected to bring back Mike Harkey as the bullpen coach, and he would join returning pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

No word on the Yankees 1B coach or hitting coaches. Last year, Tony Pena was the 1B coach (and worked with catchers) and the hitting coaches were Marcus Thames and Alan Cockrell were hitting coaches.

UPDATE: From mlbtr.com: Nevin and Boone were high school teammates. Nevin was considered to be a strong candidate for the Tigers’ managerial opening before the club selected Ron Gardenhire to be their next skipper.

The Yankees’ extension of Brian Cashman’s GM pact is completed. 5 yr. $25MM

 

 

Yankees thoughts after getting Stanton.

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From the NY Post. Interesting words from new Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Could this be his managerial style (barring the fights, controversy and drinking that went with Billy?)

Q: If you could pick the brain of one manager in the history of baseball, who would it be?
A: I think I’d want to go back and just sit down with Billy Martin … see what’s going on there. I’ve heard, obviously a number of (chuckle) incredible stories over the years, but he’d be a guy that I think it’d be cool to sit down with and just hear him talk about the game.

Q: What do you think you might ask him?
A: (Chuckle) I don’t know if I’d ask him much. I’d rather just be a fly on the wall and sit there and say, “Just start telling these stories.” I don’t know, “Just tell me about back in the day,” not only as a player but then obviously all of his managing stints and just the colorful character that he was. I would just want to sit there and listen to some of the stories he I’m sure has for days.

Also, an interesting article in the Post about how Jeter may NOT want to help the Yankees, despite what you may see on Twitter or YouTube about any possible “collusion” because of the Stanton deal.

Jeter does hold grudges, and still may hold one because of his last contract negotiation. He really (as the article points out) hasn’t shown up at the Stadium that much since his retirement, and now, as a part-owner of the Marlins, could be expected to show up even less—and this may have occurred even without his new ownership or new fatherhood.

Also, don’t you think Jeter would be aware of the backlash that would (and is) occurring anytime he makes a deal with the Yankees?

Also, …

All the talk will be about Judge and Stanton, and deservedly so, since you have the two HR leaders from last year on the same team, with 52 and 59 HR respectively. They are the ones who finished as the AL runner up for MVP and the NL MVP.

But let’s not forget…

Gary Sanchez also was in that HR derby at last year’s All-Star game, and actually was the one who knocked out Stanton. Sanchez, despite missing a few weeks last year, hit 33 HR. And how can you forget what he did at the end of the 2016 season?

Didi Gregorius set a Yankees’ SS record with 25 HR last year, and how could you forget the two HR he hit in Game 5 of the ALDS off of Corey Kluber, the CYA winner?

Lastly, Greg Bird. Yes, Bird had a poor year because of the ankle injury that cost him most of the season and that required surgery. But remember the great spring training he had?

Not only that, but when he came back and was healthy, he hit .253-8-25 in his last 29 games.

Let’s do some math. 29 x 5 = 145. Basically a full season of 162 with some days off for rest.

Now multiply x 5. .253-40-125. Forget the batting average. 40 and 125.

Add this to Judge, Stanton, Sanchez and Didi. And don’t forget that Gardner even hit 20+ HR last season.

I think a lot of people are going to overlook Bird, and barring injury, I think he will shock some people next year.

Some people have come out with their lineups. Here is mine as for now, and my reasoning:

Gardner
Judge
Bird
Stanton
Sanchez
Gregorius
Hicks
Headley
Torreyes/Wade/Torres

Ok, some people may wonder why keep Judge at 2. Here’s why: 127 walks, which led the AL. An OBP of .422. You want guys with high OBPs in front of Stanton. Some people have Didi Gregorius #2 in the lineup. Not me. Didi only walked 25 times last year. OBP .318, over 100 points lower than Judge. Give Stanton more opportunities to drive in runs. That is why I have Didi in the 6 slot. Get a high OBP guy in front of Stanton.

Bird #3. You want to break up the righty bats. And with Stanton hitting behind him, Bird, whose lefty swing is tailor made for Yankee Stadium, gets protection like Maris got when Mantle was hitting behind him. Or Ruth got with Gehrig. Judge on base, you don’t want to face Stanton, Bird gets more pitches to hit.

Sanchez 5. Protects Stanton.

Torres could be in the minors until June. So Torreyes is probably a stop gap 2B until Torres is ready. Keeping Torres down for 2 1/2 weeks delays his free agency a year and keeping him there until early June delays his arbitration another year. Besides, he hasn’t played too much at 2B so he can get experience there and when he’s ready in early June you can bring him up.

Torreyes, despite hitting .292, doesn’t have much power, and only walked 11x in 2017. Hence the 9 spot.

A tough lineup to crack. Ellsbury, who is behind Stanton, Judge, Hicks and Gardner, becomes the most expensive defensive replacement (and with those guys, it won’t be necessary; all are decent outfielders)/pinch runner ever. Now if the Yanks can move Ellsbury and his no-trade clause, then that can open a spot for…

Clint Frazier or Billy McKinney. Otherwise both are blocked and could be trade bait for ….

pitching help.

Also blocked, for now, are Thairo Estrada (by Torres, Didi and Headley) and Miguel Andujar (by Headley and possibly Torres).

Not trading any of those top prospects in the Stanton deal (Guzman and Devers, both of whom haven’t even played at Low A Charleston, went in the deal) leaves you open to trading one of those top prospects for a top of the line starter.

You also have pitchers who are top prospects who are, as of now, blocked. Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo and Domingo German to name five.

So the Yanks, should they need to make a deal, still have top prospects to trade. Also, they could try to find a taker for Ellsbury or Headley, but may have to eat $$$$ in order to do so.

Only by dumping Headley do I feel that they can retain Todd Frazier. The Yanks still want under the cap, and that became more difficult with getting Stanton.

The Modern Era HOF voting will be announced tonight. We’ll see if anyone gets in.

From mlb.com: The 10 Modern Baseball Era finalists include nine former players and one former executive: Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. (One -time Yankees in bold).

 

 

 

Baseball winter meetings begin tomorrow.

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It’s been a slow offseason so far, but things could heat up as baseball’s winter meetings begin tomorrow.

The price for pitching went up, as the Cubs paid $38MM for 3 years for free agent Tyler Chatwood. MLBtr.com had him estimated at 3 years, $20MM. Big difference.

We’ll see about a lot of things soon. Stanton. Ohtani. Free agent signings. Trades.

The Yanks are trying to get under the cap to reset themselves for a big push next offseason, when the free agent class will be better.

Josh Bard has interviewed for a job on Aaron Boone’s coaching staff and we’ll see if he gets one.

 

Boone has introductory press conference, to wear #17.

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Since Masahiro Tanaka is wearing the #19 that Aaron Boone wore when he won the AL pennant with his 2003 Game 7 ALCS HR, Boone chose #17 for his number next year when he begins managing the Yankees.

Boone had worn 17 as a player in Cincinnati and Cleveland. #17 was worn by Matt Holliday last year, and is most likely another indication that Holliday, who DH’d in 2017, won’t be returning.

Now to finalize the coaching staff and hire a AAA manager.

The NY Post listed some candidates for the coaching staff. You may want to check out

https://nypost.com/2017/12/06/yankees-turn-attention-toward-filling-out-boones-coaching-staff/

 

Yanks formally announce Boone as mgr. Press conference Wed. Now need AAA mgr. as Pedrique goes to A’s.

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The press conference will be Wednesday, but the Yankees made it official today, announcing Aaron Boone as the manager. It’s a 3-yr. deal with an option for 2021.

Now to find a AAA mgr. at SWB. SWB manager Al Pedrique wasn’t even interviewed for the Yankees’ job and he now becomes the first base coach for the A’s. So here is a new managerial position open in the Yankees’ system.

Prayers for Ryan Shazier of my team the Steelers. He was taken off the field and to a hospital and couldn’t move his legs. You hate to see that anytime, anywhere.

Boone’s hiring. Pros and cons.

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So the Yanks have hired Aaron Boone as their new manager, so things will be quite interesting in spring training of 2018, without Shohei Ohtani. (See next post. Ohtani turns down Yankees).

What are the pros and cons of hiring Boone?

Pro: His age. At 44, he may be able to relate better to the younger player.

His broadcasting experience. Excellent communication skills with the players but also with the media, important in NY.

His playing experience, especially his brief time in NY. Been there, done that as a Yankee player. While only there briefly, he can relate to the pressure of putting on the pinstripes that others could not.

With the broadcasting, he was talking to and analyzing all 30 teams. This may be helpful. One of those “know your enemy” kind of deals. Boone, in his role with ESPN over the last several years was talking to all sorts of players, managers, GMs, front office execs all throughout baseball, not just one organization. Know thy enemy, know his weaknesses, attack those weaknesses.

Baseball pedigree. Been around the game his whole life. Grandpa, dad, brother and him all major leaguers, dad a former manager himself.

Cons: Never managed or coached anywhere before. How to manage and relate to players as a boss rather than a media/ex-player. How to relate to a player when you are benching him, sending him down. How to manage a pitching staff or a bullpen. Making in game decisions. Will the game be too fast for him? How quickly can he adjust? Knowing when to challenge a call. Knowing the rule book to challenge an umpire.

What kind of manager will Boone be? An Earl Weaver sit back and wait for the 3-run HR type of guy, or will he be aggressive, hit and run more, run more with stolen bases, use the bunt and the squeeze more (a Billy Martin type)?

What kind of growing pains will there be?

How quickly and in what style will he integrate youngsters like Gleyber Torres and others to the bigs? How will he team with Cashman or Hal?

It’ll be an interesting 2018.