But, post-retirement as a member of MLB coaching staffs, he’s swung the other way.
After the Yankees dealt Fox to the Diamondbacks prior to the 1998 season, he went onto play three years in the desert, then defect to a different team just in time to miss a World Series date with the 2001 Yanks, the October that effectively ended their dynastic run.
Unfortunately, he was traded to the Marlins in the summer of 2000 for outfielder Danny Bautista, which means — yes — he beat the Yankees in the 2003 World Series and took home his second ring.
All of this is to say … wherever Fox goes, he typically brings bad juju for the Yankees, and he’s now officially joined the Boston Red Sox major-league coaching staff after spending a decade among their minor-league coordinators.
Please, sir, we’re begging you … if you’re going to make the leap elsewhere, at least consider a return to Jeter’s Marlins.
Ex-Yankees World Champion Andy Fox got a big promotion with the Red Sox
(Sighs) Begrudgingly, good luck to Fox, who made a long career out of being a Yankees second-round pick, but unfortunately never managed to smack a playoff hit in the bigs (0-8 as a Yankee, 0-3 as a D-Back). Hopefully, his brilliant … uh, field coordination results in a Raffy Devers ground-rule RBI double in the ALDS or something.
Those in glass houses can’t exactly throw stones, though. In the interest of coming clean, the Yankees have been leaning on the services of front office executive Tim Naehring for several years now, who you first encountered as a Red Sox infielder from 1990 to 1997 before he retired due to injury.
Naehring, given a chance to move on to a GM role during 2020’s hot stove session, did not even consider it, which is a good indicator of how valued he is here, as well as a hint he might be baseball’s version of Josh McDaniels, if you catch our drift.
As long as we’ve got Naehring pulling the strings here, we have no real right to complain about a former player getting a nice promotion.
Although, our player development and scouting hasn’t exactly been top-notch these past few years … Red Sox, what have you done to us?!