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.