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Coaching staff for 2008

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Oct 30, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is not yet official, but it appears the coaching staff will shake out this way:

Pitching: Dave Eiland

Hitting: Kevin Long

Bench: Rob Thomson

Third base: Bobby Meacham

First base/catching: Tony Pena

Bullpen: Mike Harkey

Thomson, 44, was the major league field coordinator last season and has been with the Yankees in various jobs for 18 years. He was resonsible for advance scouting last season and did a lot of the preparation work for Torre. He is a very sharp guy who deserves the promotion.

Eiland was the AAA pitching coach last season. Long got a three-year deal worth $1 million, which is a lot for a coach. Harkey and Meacham were with Girardi with the Marlins in 2006.

Larry Bowa will leave the Yankees for Seattle.

It’s too early to say whether the staff will be better or worse than what they had last season. There is certainly less experience. I don’t know Meacham or Harkey but Eiland, Thomson and Long are hard workers and Pena is tremendous at what he does.




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