Joe Girardi wrapped up the season and said that improving the rotation was a priority.
I mentioned this in a sidebar I wrote for today’s paper: The Yankees should look into hiring Don Baylor as the bench coach.
Baylor was a successful big leaguer who has many years of experience as a manager and coach. He also has a prior relationship with Girardi, having managed him when both were with the Rockies. He also has experience in New York as a coach with the Mets and a player with the Yankees.
Make Baylor the bench coach and move Rob Thomson to third base in place of Bobby Meacham. Baylor would be a presence in the clubhouse, an enforcer type and give Girardi a veteran baseball man to lean on for advice. Girardi has said several times in recent days that he made mistakes and needs to improve.
Give him somebody to learn from. Baylor, or somebody like him, would improve the staff.