In this day and age, MLB team executives should make every effort to (and quite frankly must) evaluate and consider people of color to manage their teams. This is especially true for the Yankees. Like most MLB clubs, the Yanks boast a multi-ethnic and racial roster as well as a diverse fan base in the New York metropolitan area.
Despite plenty of such candidates having successful playing careers, only a small handful of black and Hispanic individuals in MLB are field generals. Marcus Thames, the Bombers’ current hitting coach, certainly deserves consideration, as does Hensley Meulens, if a managerial vacancy opens up.
But there’s also Carlos Mendoza, who’s just 41 years old and the team’s current bench coach. He’s begun attracting a lot of attention and recognition for his coaching effectiveness and ability to relate to today’s players. Given his easy manner and ability to speak Spanish, he could be a great manager for the Yanks.
Mendoza has been with the organization for 13 years. He was the club’s quality control and infield coach beginning in 2018 before he became the bench coach. Before that, he was a manager in the team’s minor league system.
Mendoza would certainly be a riskier pick given the notoriety of the aforementioned candidates, but he’s no stranger to the game and has a ton of familiarity with the team. He could be the younger, trendier option.