Brian Cashman has left the St. Regis. But before he did, he said the Yankees have decided to name Mick Kelleher their first base coach. Tony Pena will move to bench coach and Rob Thomson to third base. It’s not official yet but will be soon.
Pena, Cashman said, was “under-used” as the first base coach.
Kelleher was a minor-league infield instructor and the Yankees needed those skills. Cashman said Keller was not hired to work specifically with Robinson Cano. “Robbie was fixed at the end of last season,” he said.
While his realignment appears to make sense, it will work only if Joe Girardi fosters a better relationship with his staff than he had last season.