First a little update on the pitching coach vacancy: I’m hearing that the latest plan is for Gil Patterson to have his interview with the Yankees on Thursday, barring a scheduling change. Patterson was a minor-league pitching coach for the Yankees from 2005-07, and – just for fun – I looked up the 2005 Columbus Clippers roster. The staff that year, coached by Patterson, included (at times) Aaron Small, Scott Proctor, Chien-Ming Wang and … Hideo Nomo! It was quite the motley crew. Anyway, if you’re interested, here are the stats from that team (which, by the way, also had Kevin Long as the hitting coach).
Now, on to our nightly nuggets for you to snack on if you’re not into “1 vs. 100″ on Game Show Network …
• Some interesting doings in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., which may include a $40 million overhaul of the SWB Yankees field. Maybe we’ll have to start making the Blog Outing more than just a once-a-year thing? Here’s a nice breakdown of what’s going on from the guys at River Ave. Blues, who cite an insightful piece from Chad’s old buddy Donnie Collins.
• There was a lot made of Jorge Posada’s comments over the weekend regarding his role with the Yankees next year but what might have gotten lost in the aftermath of that was that Posada made those comments while at a bowling fundraiser for his charity (where $500,000 was raised). Posada admits in this piece that he’s a “terrible” bowler and reveals that the first date he went on with his wife, Laura, was actually at a bowling alley. Fortunately, she is admittedly “not every good, either.” Perfect match!
• Who will be this year’s Yankees minor league breakout star? Mike Silva has an interview with the guy who looks pretty good after predicting Brandon Laird last year.
• I was at the annual meeting of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America this morning, where the chapter voted to give posthumous awards to George Steinbrenner and longtime official scorer Bill Shannon, who died in a house fire in New Jersey on Oct. 26. Phil Hughes, Robinson Cano and Joe Torre are among others with Yankee connections to be voted awards. You can get a full rundown here. The awards will be presented at our annual dinner on Jan. 22.
• Along those lines, let me offer a very hearty mazel tov and congratulations to one of my best friends, Mark Feinsand, who was voted the new chairman of the New York chapter this morning. Mark doesn’t have a Nobel Prize in economics or a chief of staff named Leo, but I think he’ll do a pretty decent job anyway. You can follow him on Twitter here.
OK, that’s it for tonight. Back at it tomorrow.