Report: Eric Hinske turns down Yankees hitting coach job


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.

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AL East suffers another shake-up as Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays


Since 2008, when the Yankees would visit Tampa in order to play the Tampa Bay Rays or when the Rays came to the Bronx to face the Yankees, one of the constants was seeing the “Battle of Joe’s”: Joe Girardi vs. Joe Maddon. Well, that won’t happen next year as the American League East has another shake-up.

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Joe Maddon has exercised the opt-out clause and will not manage the Rays in 2015. Maddon managed the Tampa Bay Rays from 2006 – 2014 and he’s a two-time Manager of the Year winner, winning the awards in 2008 and 2011.

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Around The Diamond: Catcher

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With the World Series and the 2014 season coming to a close next week, I thought I would introduce a new series of posts that I’d like to call “Around The Diamond”. Basically what we do is we take a position (catcher, first base, second base, etc.) and we evaluate the internal options or discuss whether or not the Yankees need to go into free agency to fix the holes. We’re going to start with the catching position today and we’ll work our way around the field in the following days. 

The last catcher the Yankees had who was pretty much a fixture behind the plate was  Jorge Posada. The Yankes eventually signed Russell Martin for two years before allowing him to hit the free agent market which resulted with him signing a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last season, the Yankees had Brian McCann as the starting catcher as he began the first year of his six-year contract, one that expires in 2019 if the Yankees pick up his option. McCann is the Yankees starting catcher probably until 2017, when Mark Teixeira‘s contract expires where he’ll will most likely transition to first base. But, let’s look at all the options the Yankees have at the catching position as they prepare for the 2015 season.

1. Brian McCann

Obviously, we’re going to begin with the Yankees starting catcher. His bat was extremely sluggish for the first 2/3 of the season, but during August and September, he came alive and gave a glimpse of the power he had while with the Atlanta Braves. One thing you can’t knock McCann for is his defense and his ability to call games behind the plate. That was one of more

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Report: Kevin Long lands hitting coach job with New York Mets

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If you thought Kevin Long was going to be without a job for long, think again.

Just less than two weeks after being fired by the New York Yankees, Kevin Long found a new hitting coach job in New York…he just has to take the 7 train. The New York Mets officially tweeted they had hired Long as their coach after Long had an interview with the club yesterday. Long will be reunited with another former Yankee Curtis Granderson, who had an abysmal year for the Mets in 2014. Long was the one who made Granderson’s adjustments while they were both with the Yankees.

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No Yankees among finalists for the 2014 Gold Gloves

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Rawlings made the announcements for the 2014 Gold Glove Awards, but you might be a little surprised to see none of the Yankees were finalists in any category. The Gold Gloves in my opinion aren’t really given to the best fielder because let’s face it, if that were the case, Brett Gardner would have one by now. The only fielding awards I tend to take seriously are the Fielding Bible Awards since those are solely based on stats.

If you were wondering and I’m sure you were, Robinson Cano and Russell Martin who are both former Yankees, were among finalists for the Gold Glove Award.

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Throwback Thursday: Yankees win 2000 World Series

Since this week is the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, I thought I would use this week’s Throwback Thursday to capture the Yankees in World Series glory. I had many World Series to choose from (27 of them to be exact), but this week, I went back 14 years to when the Yankees clinched another World title against their crosstown rivals, the New York Mets. Yes, this is the Subway Series World Series, which was decided on October 26, 2000 with a 4-2 victory.

In this clip we see a very young Mariano Rivera closing it for the Yankees in the ninth inning of the game. With this World Series, the Yankees had won three years in a row, which marked the beginning of the end of the dynasty era. Now the Yankees are having trouble just reaching October. Let’s forget about the years the Yankees didn’t win it all and focus on the glory days, where the Yankees were champions in baseball and all was right in the world.

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Ex-Yankee executive Trey Hillman discusses replacing Derek Jeter

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Trey Hillman, a former Yankees executive who recently took a job as the bench coach for the Houston Astros, offered an interesting Yankee tidbit in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, and it had to do with the Yankees new-found situation at shortstop.

“I did three different trips scouting potential free agent shortstops to replace a guy named Jeter,” Hillman told the paper.

Derek Jeter‘s replacement obviously isn’t in the system. The Yankees could ask Brendan Ryan to do so, but he can’t hit. The Yankees could re-sign Stephen Drew, but I doubt they will since they weren’t impressed with the in-house look they had of him. Looking at the free agent market along with Drew, the top picks would include Hanley Ramirez, Clint Barmes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jed Lowrie. J.J. Hardy originally was one of the choices, but he signed a three-year, $40 Million extension with the Baltimore Orioles just prior to the ALCS.

Hillman was a special adviser to the Yankees and also managed the minor league system. He added he made trips to evaluate the minor league system and he even made trips internationally to Japan and South Korea to evaluate the talent there.

Hillman was offered the position of running the entire farm system by Brian Cashman, but Hillman declined, stating he wanted to have an on-field role in the big leagues next season. The Yankees instead gave the job to Gary Denbo and Hillman packed his bags, heading to Houston to be their new bench coach.

The shortstop situation is one more

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Sabathia: Rodriguez ‘can come in and contribute’ in 2015

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Yesterday afternoon, CC Sabathia had a book signing at Barnes and Noble for his children’s book “CC Claus” (I guess when you’re out for the year, you have time to write a children’s book) and as you figured, people asked him about his rehab from knee surgery. But the conversation took a slight turn when he was asked about Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez.

Fans wonder whether Rodriguez will be productive when he returns to the team following his year-long drug ban, and just like Mark Teixeira said earlier in the offseason, Sabathia feels Rodriguez will find a way to help the ball-club.

“I don’t doubt that,” Sabathia said. “I don’t. He’s a great player. He’s had a year off, obviously, but he’s been working and hopefully had some time to get healthy.

“Obviously, he’s not going to be the A-Rod of winning MVPs, but he can come in and contribute.”

So, let’s move the conversation back to CC for a minute: Is he ready to go for the 2015 season?

“Of course,” Sabathia said. “That’s my only goal, to stay healthy and get back to eating up innings and going out there and being able to start every fifth day.

“It’s a huge relief to know I feel good enough to do all my workouts and play catch and kinda of have a normal offseason.”

Sabathia also made sure to throw in this one little endorsement, which I’m sure fans can’t disagree about.

“Hopefully, (Brandon) McCarthy can come more

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