With both the New York Yankees and the New York Mets in need of a hitting coach, they’ve both picked up the phone and had preliminary phone calls to Dave Magadan, asking if he had interest in the hitting coach position.
“I have been called about that, it’s in the preliminary stages and that’s all I can say about it,’’ Magadan told The New York Post when asked about talking to the Yankees.
Asked about the Mets, Magadan said, “Same thing, preliminary phone calls to see if I had interest.’’
Magadan was a former first basemen for the New York Mets and he is currently in the Texas Rangers organization as the Rangers hitting coach through the 2015 season. However, because Ron Washington resigned during the final month of the season, the Rangers have given Magadan and the other coaches permission to talk to other teams about potential jobs opportunities.
“They are letting all their coaches, under contract or not, talk to other teams because of the manager situation,’’ Magadan said.
The Yankees opened the hitting coach position when they fired Kevin Long on Friday, and since then Long has gained interest from other teams such as the Mets, the Red Sox, the Braves, the Blue Jays, the Brewers and the Diamondbacks. The Mets on the other hand fired their hitting coach Dave Hudgens in late May and his replacement, Lamar Johnson, isn’t returning next season.
If Magadan does leave the Rangers, then that could open a spot for Long with Texas, but even Long has said he’s not close to landing a job as of yet. All the talks he’s had from other teams have simply been preliminary phone calls.
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