Joe Girardi’s entire coaching staff will be returning for next season. This is hardly a surprise after the Yankees won the World Series, and especially after Brian Cashman announced that the entire coaching staff would be offered jobs. Here’s the press release from the Yankees.
The New York Yankees announced today Joe Girardi’s entire coaching staff will return for the 2010 season, with Dave Eiland (pitching coach), Mike Harkey (bullpen coach), Mick Kelleher (first base coach), Kevin Long (hitting coach), Tony Pena (bench coach) and Rob Thomson (third base coach) all returning to their same roles as last year.
Eiland, 43, will enter his third season as Yankees pitching coach and eighth year coaching in the Yankees organization.
Harkey, 43, will begin his third season as Yankees bullpen coach.
Kelleher, 62, will return for his second year as the Yankees’ first base and fifth year as a coach or instructor in the Yankees organization.
Long, 43, will return for his fourth season as Yankees hitting coach and seventh year in the Yankees organization.
Pena, 52, will return for his fifth season on the Yankees Major League coaching staff and second as bench coach.
Thomson, 46, will enter his 21st season in the Yankees organization and his second as third base coach.
On a minor note, the Yankees are also bringing back the entire Triple-A staff: manager Dave Miley – who got my vote as International League Manager of the Year — along with hitting coach Butch Wynegar, pitching coach Scott Aldred, infield coach Aaron Ledesma, athletic trainer Darren London and strength and conditioning coach Lee Tressell.
This will be the Yankees fourth season in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and it will be the first time they’ve had the same pitching coach in back-to-back years.
The Yankees also announced the Low-A Charleston staff. Torre Tyson will return for his fourth season as manager, and pitching coach Jeff Ware will be back for his second season with the RiverDogs. Carlos Mendoza, who spent a long time as a player in the Yankees minor league system, retired last season and will serve as Charleston’s first-base coach.
Tyson, by the way, played college ball at the University of Missouri. That’s not especially important, but I think it’s a good thing to know.