Six Former Yankees Who Could be the Next Hitting Coach
By Wayne Cavadi
If you’re worried about Tino’s checkered past with run-ins with players, maybe Paulie isn’t the best bet to run the team. This is a guy that would beat the hell out of water coolers when he struck out, could you imagine what he would do if one of his players struck out? That’s precisely why I want O’Neill to land the job.
The man is nicknamed The Warrior for crying out loud. He was what baseball junkies label a professional hitter. Paulie’s career in the Bronx was nothing short of sensational as he finished with a .303 batting average and a .377 on base percentage. Like Tino, he was part of the era of Yankees baseball that took pitches and made runs happen, they didn’t wait for them.
O’Neill has the fire this Yankees line-up has been missing for two years now. He is a familiar face to the players as he still serves as a broadcaster for the YES Network and even threw his name out for the Reds’ managerial position last season. Paulie claims he doesn’t want to coach, but maybe with the right pieces in place, he can be swayed.