Yankees Rumors: Coaching Staff Coming Together?
The Yankees began their off-season turnover in earnest yesterday with the signing of Andrew Miller and signing Didi Gregorius. The one thing that hasn’t been addressed yet is the coaching staff. Kevin Long and Mick Kelleher were dismissed back in October. It’s December 6 and nada. Until now, according to the NY Daily News.
"According to sources, Jody Reed, the minor-league field coordinator last year, has emerged as the leading candidate for the vacant first base coaching job. Former third base coach Willie Randolph also interviewed for the opening, the sources said.Marcus Thames, the hitting coach for Double-A Trenton, is going to be the assistant hitting coach in the majors, the sources said. James Rowson remains perhaps the top candidate for the main job, especially since Raul Ibanez has taken himself out of consideration for the Rays’ manager job and seemingly won’t have a day-to-day job in the game this year."
With the Yankees looking to break in some younger players, it makes sense that Rowson and Thames would be a part of the staff since they have experience working with guys like Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder.
As far as Randolph is concerned, I think it would be a great idea to bring back the former Yankee in some way shape or form. We’ll see if we get an announcement at the Winter Meetings.