Which former Yankees would make great hitting coaches?

Jorge Posada

The New York Yankees fired their hitting coach Kevin Long after eight seasons in the organization yesterday afternoon and while the Yankees freed up a spot at the position, they now need to find someone else to replace Long. So, who could it be? I thought it would be interesting based on observation to play the ‘which former Yankee would make a good hitting coach’ game. These options are unlikely to happen, but I can dream, can’t I?

1. Paul O’NeillPaul O’Neill would be a perfect choice for a hitting coach. He’s motivated, he can hit and let’s not forget he has passion for the game. In his 16-year career, he’s hit .288/.360/.470, so the numbers back up why he’s probably the right fit. While O’Neill is perfect for the job, O’Neill most likely won’t happen; he told Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that he has no interest in being a hitting coach. Well, maybe it was for the best…he’s pretty amazing on YES and if he were the hitting coach, he wouldn’t be able to entertain the fans when he’s in the YES Network booth.

2. Tino MartinezAlong with being on the Yankees during the Dynasty Era and having a career .271/.344/.471 clip, Martinez also has experience as a hitting coach; he was a coach for the Miami Marlins before quitting mid-way through the season in 2013. Martinez would be another good choice for the Yankees, but the Yankees reportedly aren’t viewing Martinez as a possible candidate to replace Kevin Long, which is a shame.

3. Jorge PosadaJorge Posada has the utmost respect for the game and has always been a hitter, not to mention he’s a four-time All-Star. When it comes to the game, Posada has a serious demeanor, which is needed when you’re a hitting coach. Posada would be a great choice,and for the fans that grew up watching Posada in the 90’s, it would bring back some memories.

4. Derek JeterThis one is the least likely to happen since Jeter doesn’t have interest in being a coach, but anyone who has a .310 career batting average has to be worth mentioning, right?

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46 Responses to Which former Yankees would make great hitting coaches?

  1. It's worth mentioning that at one point Paul O'Neill very much wanted to be the hitting coach and even lobbied Girardi to be a coach when he was initially hired prior to 2008.

    • DCus says:

      It's also worth mentioning that there was absolutely no validity to that rumor. That was mentioned on a radio show one time by someone speculating that "they could see O'Neill asking Girardi.

      O'Neill has since said that never happened.

  2. Ken says:

    Robbie Thompson also needs to go. He had more runners thrown out then any other team

  3. tom says:

    I don't mind all except Jeter.. What about Scott Brosius or Wade Boggs?

  4. John says:

    How about George Brett

  5. Michael R says:

    Good hitters rarely make good hitting coaches. Remember Charlie Lau? Charlie had to learn the nuances of the art, though he wasn't much of a hitter as a player he was a great hitting coach. Players who are less talented work harder to master the areas in which to teach. Mantle for example admitted that he never thought about hitting he just did it. Of course there are exceptions and I hope they can find a solution in the stable of ex Yankees.

    • Cherie says:

      Charley Lau died after a long bout with cancer in 1984 at the age of 50! He was a fabulous hitting coach and George Brett credits him for his hitting ability.

  6. Otto says:

    My first choice would be Posada. Remember when Matsui was struggling it was Posafa's suggestion that got him going. The rest is history

    • Mike Sommer says:

      Posada would sure bring a fire to the team, that is for sure. That criticism that Girardi had that some players weren't hungry enough? Posada would straighten that out.

    • karen says:

      I like Posada as a coach. But it would be too bad to waste his experience with pitchers. If the Yankees ever need a pitching coach … And I too would like to see Rob Thompson leave. Perhaps Jorge would be an intelligent third base coach if there isn't a pitching coach position open for the Yankees in the near future.

  7. sjf says:

    Bernie Williams

  8. Robert Rufa says:

    Any team would benefit from a coach who taught the players to get wood on the ball and to hit to all fields. Swinging from the heels and going all the way around isn't always necessary, and a hitter who can refrain from doing that is a thinking hitter. A thinking hitter can teach it, so who fits that bill?

  9. olie says:

    Easy Yankee Great Chili Davis!

  10. david says:

    Poso would be my choice. Great switch hitter. Would understand the left handed and right handed approach and be able to work with catchers too.

  11. Josh says:

    I would consider Bernie Williams or Jorge Posada

  12. Fred says:

    Lou pinella.

  13. How about Luis Soto? He was always clutch when they needed him to be, plus he has already been a manager in the Yankees Minor League system.

  14. Eric says:

    O'Neill or Tino

  15. Ricardo says:

    POSADA It's probably the best option out there.

  16. Andrew N. says:

    Tim Raines anybody?!?!?!

  17. Yanksfan63inCT says:

    Paul O'Neill would be my first choice. He was the one who taught Mattingly the leg kick and Mattingly had a resurgence after those back injuries. He actually credited O'Neill and said he'd wished he'd changed sooner.

  18. ron says:

    Are we forgetting about the best postseason hitter in BERNIE WILLIAMS definitely can't go wrong here!!!

    • Andrew N. says:

      I do love the idea of Bernie. Knows the ballpark (Old YS same dimensions). Switch hitter. Postseason mettle. Incredibly well liked by everyone.

  19. bob says:

    Bubba Crosby

  20. Sorry some reason it put Soto not Sojo. Silly auto correct.

  21. Kevin says:

    Paul O' Neil likes being in the booth he picks and chooses what games he wants to do!! He won't want the constant travel and being away from home so much!! Bring Willie back to coach 3rd!! Move Robbie to 1st Paulie would be great hitting coach but don't see him on the road and away from home!!

  22. Richard says:

    Any of the mentioned former players would make a great hitting coach, Posada would most likely make for the best, he was a switch hitter and a catcher, not that this makes him the only choice, it does make him the best fit for the job.

  23. mikey says:

    Pete Rose! He would just have to stay out of the halls at the stadium

  24. pisano says:

    Obidiah Jones.

  25. @jimwalsh23 says:

    My vote is for Tino.

  26. Frank says:

    Posada and Girardi don't see eye to eye so that wouldn't work. I like the idea of Willie back at third though.

  27. henrietta says:

    I really think that the option of a new yankee coach is the one that will have devotion as a yankee . It's has to be 100% a yankee.My name is Henrietta from Puerto Rico.

  28. Matin be says:

    Manny Ramirez….

  29. Henrietta says:

    I REALLY THINK THAT THE NEW YANKEE HITTING COACH HAS TO BE 100% YANKEE.I LIVE IN PUERTO RICO BUT I FOLLOWED THE TEAM SINCE MY CHILDHOOD.MY CANDIDATES ARE BERNIE AND POSADA.

  30. bomber says:

    Dale Berra

  31. bomber says:

    Andy Stankewicz

  32. Wanda Mendez says:

    Jorge posada switch hitter

  33. Robert Dempsey says:

    Bobby Abreu would be a good choice. Theres also Tim Raines, Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, and Cecil Fielder too

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