Report: Magadan out of running for Yankees hitting coach

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The Yankees have crossed off their biggest candidate for the hitting coach position and it could have been because they didn’t like what they saw.

According to Chad Jennings of Lohud.com, the Yankees will not hire Dave Magadan for the hitting coach position. Magadan currently is the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers, but the organization allowed the coaches to speak with other organizations. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York added the Yankees people weren’t thrilled Magadan was very talkative with the process, even giving away when they’d make a decision, but there’s no saying how big this factored into the decision.

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Report: Gary Denbo to replace Mark Newman as Yankees Sr. VP of Baseball Operations

The Yankees have announced Mark Newman’s replacement as the team begins to prepare for the 2015 campaign.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees have selected Gary Denbo to replace Newman as the new Sr. Vice President of Baseball Operations. Newman recently retired from the position following the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Denbo worked in the scouting and development department within and was also the recently retired Derek Jeter‘s hitting adviser.

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Yankees release 2015 Spring Training Schedule

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Ladies and gentlemen, time to mark your calendars because the 2015 Spring Training schedule has been released.

The Yankees are slated to kick things off on March 4th against the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 p.m and they will play their final game before the regular season begins on April 3rd against the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m.

There’s no television schedule as of yet, but you can buy season Spring Training tickets now. For single game tickets, you can purchase them starting January 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

UPDATE: The New York Yankees announced pitchers and catchers will report on February 20  and position players will report on February 25. Also to help transition into a new era, just know…Derek Jeter won’t be there, but Alex Rodriguez will be.

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Mick Kelleher retires after 46 years in baseball

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I’ll admit, I was extremely saddened when I found out the Yankees had fired Mick Kelleher, because the struggles that occurred with the team weren’t his fault. Instead, Brian Cashman said it was more of a ‘personnel issue’. Well, the story gets just a little bit sadder.

According to Sweeny Murti, Kelleher announced he was retiring after spending 46 years in baseball.  Kelleher spent 16 seasons with the New York Yankees before he was fired last week along with hitting coach Kevin Long.

Just from watching the games, Kelleher seemed like a really nice guy, and the media thought he was an all-around great and patient man in the clubhouse. If you weren’t a baseball fan and happened to casually just watch a Yankees game, you would see his personality shine through and think he seemed like a great man. It’s just sad news all around, but at the end of the day, baseball is a business…and what a sad business it is.

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Red Sox hire Chili Davis as their hitting coach

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If the Yankees were planning on hiring Chili Davis, they’re going to have to scratch his name off the list because he’s found a job with a known rival.

According to MLB.com, the Boston Red Sox hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach, taking away one potential suitor for the hitting coach position in New York. Davis was previously a coach with the Oakland Athletics.

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Video: Reggie Jackson hits three homers in 1977 Fall Classic

Is anyone else ready for more postseason throwbacks? Sure, it’s not throwback Thursday, but I forgot to post this one yesterday since this play happened on October 18, 1977.

I wasn’t born when this play happened, but for the older generation that remember the great Reggie Jackson, here’s him in all his glory, hitting three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series and earning the title of Mr. October. There’s also a Mr. November but that’s another topic for another day. Sit back and enjoy the Yankees in all their World Series glory…because I’d literally give anything to have the Yankees back in the Fall Classic.

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A week in review: Lidle, Long, Minaya, Roberts, Search for a hitting coach

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The third week of the offseason was easily the quietest one so far for the Yankees but things did happen. Let’s take a look back at all the news that occurred this week.

— October 11 was the eight year anniversary of the death of former Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle. Lidle passed away in an airplane accident in 2006, when his airplane hit a 40-story apartment building. Lidle’s flight instructor also died in the airplane crash.

— Recently fired hitting coach Kevin Long is attracting a ton of attention from other teams including the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Atlanta Braves. The Yankees let go of Kevin Long last week after he spent eight seasons with the organization.

— The Yankees are considering Omar Minaya for a high-ranking position in the front office. Mets fans would know Minaya as the former GM and despite his troubles with the Mets, he’s still highly respected around baseball. The Yankees reportedly would consider Minaya in a scouting role or in an advisory role.

Derek Jeter was the first Yankee to retire following the 2014 season but he surely won’t be the last. MLB.com announced yesterday Brian Roberts was retiring after playing 14 seasons in the Major Leagues. Roberts spent 13 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles before signing a one-year contract with the New York Yankees in 2014. The Yankees designated Roberts for assignment in August which might have come into play when he announced his retirement.

— The Yankees continued their search for a hitting coach and they have interviewed quite a few applicants for the position. Dave Magadan and Chili Davis ..read more

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Brian Roberts retires after 14 seasons

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Derek Jeter wasn’t the only Yankee to hang up his cleats in 2014.

According to MLB.com, Brian Roberts announced his retirement after 14 seasons in the Major Leagues. He spent majority of his career with the Baltimore Orioles and his final year was with the New York Yankees before he was released from the team in August.

It was just kind of my time,” Roberts told The Baltimore Sun. “There were numerous reasons that I felt like I couldn’t play at a level that I was accustomed to and wanted to play at if I continued to play. I always said that I wasn’t going to be the guy that tried to hang on as long as I could.”

Roberts was a free agent and signed a one-year contract with the Yankees during the 2013 offseason. Roberts final career hit and RBI came on July 25, 2014, plating Yankees catcher Brian McCann.

“I took, at the time, the best offer I had,” Roberts told the Sun. “Do I wish in some ways that I had spent every day with the Orioles? Sure, that was a dream of mine for a long time. I don’t think I ever shied away from making that pretty clear. It will always be the organization I feel like is home for me.”

Roberts was a career .276 hitter with 97 HR’s and 542 ..read more

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