Something has to change within the New York Yankees’ locker room. Unfortunately, the most prominent possible things seem destined to stay the same.
Brian Cashman will be remaining in place as the team’s general manager. Randomness of the postseason aside, he should have been able to secure a second title since 2000 by now. But that’s neither here nor there, we guess. He’s coming back.
All indications are Aaron Boone is returning as well. Considering nobody wants a lame-duck manager, it seems likely he’ll earn a two-year contract extension, at the very least. Boone can pilot a great roster to the postseason, and he can win a round or two — 2019 stands out as the only Boone Team that had the right feel — but once the chips are in, can the Yanks ever overcome the managerial disadvantage he brings to the table? They haven’t yet.
But, again, neither here nor there. He’s back. Perhaps the Yankees will spend so heartily this offseason that Boone’s existence becomes a drop in the bucket. Shrug. We’ll see.
So, Boone returns. Cashman remains. Who goes? Does anybody leave?
It’s looking likelier by the day that at least a solid chunk of Boone’s coaching staff is no longer with the team on Opening Day 2022 — which, due to the pending work stoppage, may never come anyway. Fun! We’ve seen turnover under Boone before; sneakily, bench coach Josh Bard departed for a job closer to home after the 2019 season, and was silently replaced by Carlos Mendoza.
Special advisor Carlos Beltran also left after the 2019 season. Both departures seemed to … definitely hurt the team, now that you mention it?
This time around, something’s rotten, and it’s apparently not the man in charge (per the other men in charge). In order to restore some order in clubhouse, expect the following deck chairs to be rearranged.
These 3 Yankees coaches will be gone before the 2022 season.
3. Phil Nevin, Third Base Coach
Said as nicely as possible … you simply cannot welcome Phil Nevin back after the havoc he caused in 2021.
In many ways, this Yankees team did not pass the eye test. Often, they played people out of position, simply hoping for the best! Spoiler alert, they never received the best.
Perhaps most depressingly, they made more outs on the base paths than we ever thought possible.
Coaching third base is a thankless task — it seems so easy that mistakes are magnified. On a double, send everybody home. On a single? Send the runner on second to the plate, baby. Wave, wave, wave. Everybody is pretty fast at the major-league level, right? So, what are you waiting for? Score!
Sometimes, it takes seeing someone genuinely bad at this to make you realize what that even looks like. We’re not sure if Nevin just needs a refresh or recharge after an extremely difficult year (he battled COVID early and lost significant weight in the harrowing process), but he’s not at the peak of his powers right now.
22 Yankees were thrown out at home plate in 2021, tying them with the Royals for the top spot in MLB. One of the least-athletic teams in the game was the most aggressive. Yup, that should do it.