Since Chili Davis was signed to a deal by the Red Sox and the Yankees decided Dave Magadan wasn’t a proper fit for the organization, the team decided to call former Yankee Eric Hinske to see if he’d be interested in the position. Instead, Hinske turned down the offer of being the new hitting coach for the ball-club.
According to George A. King of the New York Post, Hinske, who played for the Yankees in 2009, opted to remain with the Chicago Cubs where he’s currently serving as the first base coach. It’s also worth mentioning Hinske has no experience with being a hitting coach, and it seems the Yankees aren’t being shy of calling people with little to no experience.
Hinske isn’t the only name that had been floating around for the vacant position: James Rowson and Dante Bichette were also mentioned as possible candidates. The Yankees fired their hitting coach Kevin Long after eight seasons with the team, and he has since found a job with the Yankees crosstown rivals the New York Mets.