Report: Yankees near decision for new hitting coach

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As the Yankees attempt to fill the holes within their organization, the search for a new hitting coach could soon come to an end.

According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Yankees are near a decision for a new hitting coach. Dave Magadan spoke to the media and said the Yankees could have a new hitting coach by Game 1 of the World Series, which is Tuesday.

“I interviewed Wednesday in New York with the Yankees. They told me they were going to interview a couple of other candidates. I don’t know if that was going to happen Thursday or Friday. They said they would make a decision shortly thereafter,’’ Magadan said.

The Yankees also interviewed Chili Davis and expressed interest in Dante Bichette and Marcus Thames. Magadan said he spent three hours talking to GM Brian Cashman, assistant GM’s Jean Afterman and Billy Eppler, manager Joe Girardi and Yankees scout Gary Denbo.

I thought it went well,’’ Magadan said. “But they are the ones who need to think it went well.’’

Magadan is under contract with the Texas Rangers as their hitting coach for next season but with the resignation of Ron Washington, the Rangers organization allowed the coaches to speak with other teams for future employment ..read more

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Yankees send message of support to Bengals DT Devon Still’s daughter

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The biggest story in the sports world isn’t the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals reaching the World Series for a rare Wild Card only match-up. The big sports story comes out of the National Football League where Cincinnati Bengals DT Devon Still’s four-year-old daughter Leah is battling childhood cancer. Since hearing about the news, the Yankees sent a message of support for Still’s daughter by having the ticket staff give him and his daughter a small tribute.

The Yankees ticket staff bought Still’s jersey and posed with the jersey’s at Yankee Stadium. All proceeds from Still’s jersey goes to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and pediatric cancer research.

Still acknowledged the Yankees staff on his Instagram account, with the picture of the ticket staff posing in his jersey.

“Awesome pic of the Yankees ticket staff wearing my jersey at Yankee Stadium in support of my daughter and every child facing cancer #BeatCancer #LeahStrong,” Still wrote on Instagram along with the picture from Yankee Stadium.

If you needed one more reason to respect the Yankees, this gesture pretty much gives you one. A classy move by a classy organization to a classy man and his ..read more

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Burning questions for the 2015 starting rotation

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I’ve noticed within the last few weeks I’ve been focusing on the Yankees offense and in the bullpen (notably David Robertson). So I thought I would take time this morning to address the starting rotation for the upcoming 2015 season. With the 2015 rotation, there is a lot of uncertainty, there are spots that need to be filled and there are pitchers who need to have a bounce-back season. With every pitcher, there is one big question mark, so what would the question marks be if the 2015 season started today?

Masahiro TanakaMasahiro Tanaka had an impressive first season with the Yankees but it was cut short due to a tear in his UCL. He was able to rehab and make his final two starts of the season, but the UCL tear causes some concern. How much longer can Tanaka pitch with the UCL before it becomes a point he’ll need Tommy John surgery? Will Tanaka’s arm hold up for the entire 2015 campaign? Will he be the once dominant pitcher we saw in the beginning of the 2014 season with the tear in his elbow? All those questions provide a ‘sit-and-wait’ answer, but it’s a little hard to wait for an answer when there is so much uncertainty.

Michael PinedaThe Yankees easily won the Michael Pineda/Jesus Montero trade, but Pineda’s bug-a-boo has been the injury bug. When healthy, Pineda can arguably be one of the top pitchers in the league, but even Pineda missed some time this season, right after he was suspended for using pine tar in his start against the Boston Red Sox. Can Pineda find a way to stay healthy the ..read more

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Report: Yankees interested in Bichette, Thames and Rowson for hitting coach position

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As the Yankees continue searching for a hitting coach to replace the recently fired Kevin Long, their ‘persons’ of interest’ list keeps on growing.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees have shown interest to Dante Bichette, Marcus Thames and James Rowson for the vacant hitting coach position. The team interviewed Dave Magadan for the job yesterday in New York.

Bichette, who is close friends with manager Joe Girardi and father of Yankee prospect Dante Bichette Jr., has experience as a hitting coach; he was the Colorado Rockies hitting coach in 2013, but left the position after deciding he didn’t want to be away from his family. Thames was the hitting coach for Double-A Trenton last season and Rowson had two stints with the Yankees as a minor league instructor along with a hitting coach position with the Chicago Cubs in 2013.

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Throwback Thursday: Aaron Boone hits ALCS clinching home run

Everyone loves a little piece of Yankees postseason history on Throwback Thursday, right?A few days ago, we looked back at ‘The Flip Play’, last week we looked at Derek Jeter‘s final Yankees home game of his career and today, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to October 16, 2003. Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS was between the biggest rivalry in Major League Baseball: the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. Both teams were one win away from punching a ticket to the World Series, but only the Yankees were able to get it done.

But how?

It was a game-winning home-run off the bat by Aaron Boone in the 11th inning, a play that will forever be immortalized in postseason history. The (only) clip I could find on the play is above but if you have three hours to kill, Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS is on YouTube, along with a few other Yankees classic games.

Not all history is bad. Some of the most amazing moments in baseball history are actually quite magical.

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With Alex Rodriguez a Wild Card at third base, Yankees need to retain Chase Headley

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Alex Rodriguez is returning to the Yankees next season and many fans expect him to play third base. However, Rodriguez returning to third base doesn’t seem as definitive as we all thought. Both Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi were hesitant to immediately place Rodriguez at third base, especially since he hadn’t played at the position since 2013, and it’s hard to predict whether Rodriguez can play the field at a Major League level at the age of 40 in 2015. So what should the Yankees do in order to fix the third base situation? Believe it or not, they somewhat had their answer during the second half of the 2014 season in Chase Headley.

When the Yankees acquired Chase Headley in a trade with the San Diego Padres in July, the Yankees were hoping to get a look at him from the inside and they had to admit that they liked what they saw. Brian Cashman labeled Headley as an ‘above-average’ third basemen but his glove was well above-average. He didn’t hit for power but he did get clutch base-hits and he consistently got on base. Before Headley was traded, he complained of a back problem while with the Padres. However, he was able to finish the 2014 season strong and earned himself consideration for a contract.

I feel like I played like me,” Headley said. “Even the month or so before I got traded, I felt like I started play like me, as a player. I feel like (if) I play like me, that’s a good player, and that’s going to be attractive to clubs. I’m glad that I was able to finish out the way that I did, and hopefully things will work ..read more

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Report: Yankees to interview Magadan for hitting coach position

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The New York Yankees and Dave Magadan have moved past the preliminary stages of interest and moved onto the interview portion.

According to the New York Post, Magadan is slated to meet Brian Cashman in New York City later today to discuss the opening of the hitting coach position. The Yankees fired Kevin Long, who was the hitting coach for the past eight seasons on Friday afternoon following another mediocre season offensively.

Magadan was previously a hitting coach with the Boston Red Sox and the San Diego Padres.

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What do the position players need to work on?

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We all know the Yankees have a lot of work to do this offseason, but not just in the department where they need to acquire free agent players to bolster the roster. The players currently on the team all have flaws they need to work on and once they overcome those flaws, it’s possible the Yankees could once again become a postseason caliber team. So, what should the players work on for next year? Let’s go around the diamond and find out.

Brian McCannMcCann didn’t hit for two-thirds of the season and when he did hit, it was a sight to see. McCann might of had first year jitters but there should be no excuse next year. He needs to hit consistently throughout 2015. He’s a great defensive catcher and if his offense turns out as good as his defense, the contract that now looks dim could end up being a good one for the Yankees.

Mark TeixeiraTeixeira suffered injury after injury after injury in 2014 and fans got sick of Teixeira being hurt all the time, not to mention Teixeira told the media he was no longer a 150+ games player. The wrist injury was excusable because he had major surgery last offseason, but most of the injuries he was out with had nothing to do with his wrist. Teixeira needs to be healthy next season and he has to try to be the 150+ games player the Yankees signed back in 2009.

Martin PradoFor the two months I saw Prado play, there wasn’t much to complain about. He hit, he played defense and he fit in quite nicely. It was unfortunate that appendicitis ended his 2014 season, but if we can get the Prado we saw for the ..read more

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