Just a couple of notes on the coaching staff.
Kevin Long is coming back. The New York Post reports that Long will return on another three-year deal, this one likely to be raise over the $1.2-million he earned through his previous contract. This had to be an easy decision for the Yankees. Long is well liked and respected in the Yankees clubhouse, and it’s easy to praise him for some of the work he’s done with Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher and Robinson Cano.
The Yankees pitching coach vacancy isn’t likely to be filled any time soon, but Dave Eiland broke his silence over the weekend to shoot down an ESPNNewYork report that he and Joe Girardi had some sort of falling out. For whatever it’s worth, that never seemed to be the case in the clubhouse. Eiland’s role on the team never seemed to take a hit after he returned from his June absence.
Eiland still has not addressed his departure from the Yankees. I’ve known him for four years now, and frankly, I’ll be surprised if he ever talks about it.