The Yankees have decided not to renew the contract of 3B coach Bobby Meacham. Brian Cashman just handed down word via media relations director Jason Zillo.
Cashman is in a meeting with his pro scouts at the moment. The hope is to speak to him later.
The Yankees have not named a replacement. There are several ways they could go here:
1. Name a new 3B coach
2. Move Rob Thomson or Tony Pena to 3B and name a new bench coach or first base coach. Moving Thomson to third and making Pena the bench coach would make a lot of sense. Pena is a former manager, after all.
Single-A Tampa manager Luis Sojo would appear to be a candidate but he was not particularly good at coaching third when he had the job a few years ago.
The other interesting aspect to this move is that Meacham was one of the two choices Joe Girardi made for his staff, the other being bullpen coach Mike Harkey. Firing Meacham takes away an ally of the manager. Girardi, you may recall, was stunned at questions about whether his staff would he changed, saying he saw no reason. Obviously Brian Cashman felt differently.
No word yet on whether the other coaches are returning. But presumably that is the case.
Two candidates you should not expect:
Larry Bowa: Bowa is a Joe Torre loyalist and has been outspoken in his defense of Joe and how he feels he was treated by the Yankees. It’s hard to imagine Bowa now returning to the Yankees. The players would love to have Bowa back, but his personality would not mesh with Girardi.
Willie Randolph: The former Yankees coach and Mets manager still has a year left on his deal and can collect checks while playing golf. The organization would be doing Girardi no favors by having an ambitious former manager on his staff, either. If Randolph gets the job, it starts the countdown to Girardi getting fired.
UPDATE, 11:54 p.m.: Mark Feinsand of the News reports that pitching instructor Rich Monteleone got the boot as well. He was not a coach in terms of being in uniform but had pre-game duties and charted pitches during games.
The other aspect of this news is whether the Yankees feel that whoever they hire needs to be able to kick Robbie Cano in the pants once in a while. For many reasons, it’ll be interesting to see who gets hired.