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Yankees hitting coordinator leaves for Chicago

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 22, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees minor league hitting coordinator James Rowson has left the organization to take the same job with the Cubs.

In an email, Yankees vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman confirmed that Rowson has left the organization and said there is “no replacement as of yet.”

Rowson’s name might not be instantly familiar, but he was the team’s hitting coordinator the past four seasons. He made regular stops at each of the minor league affiliates during the season and worked with the big leaguers early in spring training. It’s hard to exactly determine the impact of a hitting coordinator, but Rowson was a friendly guy, and players seemed to really like him. I never heard complaints about him.

Before becoming the Yankees hitting coordinator, Rowson spent two seasons — 2006 and 07 — as the team’s hitting coach for High-A Tampa. He coached guys like Brett Gardner, Ramiro Pena, Eduardo Nunez, Kevin Russo, Juan Miranda, Jose Tabata and Francisco Cervelli in Tampa, and he was there when Austin Jackson showed up for his breakout half season at that level.





13 Responses to “Yankees hitting coordinator leaves for Chicago”

  1. Chip December 22nd, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    My guess is Gary Denbo winds up with the job.

  2. Ruby Red Sock December 22nd, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    How bout GB & Muttley ???

  3. hornblower December 22nd, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    A Mt. St. Michael guy. Was a great player there.

  4. DONNYBROOK December 22nd, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    So Cashman’s “buddy” Theo stole his minor league hitting coordinator. Same old schtick still going on.

  5. RhapsodyInBlue December 22nd, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    There wasn’t anyone in Sox organization worth a lick.

  6. RhapsodyInBlue December 22nd, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I wonder if the Chisox will allow beer in the clubhouse?

  7. austinmac December 22nd, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    When Cashman said his off season plan was pitching, pitching,pitching, it is silly to interpret that as promotion, promotion, promotion. He wanted to add. Management won’t let him is how I see it.

  8. CompassRosy December 22nd, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Considering how much Felix is discussed around here, I thought you might enjoy a holiday greeting from him…


    Happy Holidays Yankee fans,
    ~ Rosy

  9. GreenBeret7 December 22nd, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    NY can get through with what’s on hand until there’s a need…which doesn’t exist at this time and especially for the asking prices. Why by another spare of something you already have 4 extra of? Hal Steinbrenner and Cashman are looking at that 2014 time of restarting the penalty clock. Makes no difference how rich you are, but saving $40 mil a year isn’t exactly chump change. Another thing…Yanks have stockholders beyond the family that have to be appeased. What’s the purpose of having a farn system if you don’t trust it or the people you hire to oversee it. Just go out and buy everything?

  10. Chip December 22nd, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    austinmac December 22nd, 2011 at 2:24 pm
    When Cashman said his off season plan was pitching, pitching,pitching, it is silly to interpret that as promotion, promotion, promotion. He wanted to add. Management won’t let him is how I see it.


    I disagree.

    Again, look back at last offseason – there was a pitcher the Yankees clearly wanted in Cliff Lee, and Cashman was given the green light to offer him a huge money deal.

    I think the only difference now might be that they (meaning the Yankees) want to be more judicious in how they spend their money than in years past.

    10 years ago if Brian wanted to cover up an $18 mil/year mistake and bring in a guy at $12 mil/year to replace him I don’t think it would have been an issue. Hal is not George though and I think Brian – who has had a horrible track record with starting pitching – is going to have to be better at his job or get advisors who are better at their jobs to minimize his mistakes going forward.

  11. Shame Spencer December 22nd, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Arrow thing —>

  12. DaSaint007 December 22nd, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Best of success to James Rowson.

  13. jg29 December 22nd, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Cashman is clueless. First of all its his fault the Yankee pitching staff is the way it is right now with a 200 million dollar payroll. Because Cashman over values his “prospects”, we missed out on Santana (no one knew he would get hurt), Roy Halliday, Cliff Lee, Dan Haren. I can understand not giving up prospects for Danks or Gonzalez but there is no excuse for just standing pat and waiting for Felix hernandez to become available. Hey Cashman if yoou are not going to upgrade the pitching then get a bat!. Why not Fielder to DH with a 4 year contract with a option year. Do you think Fielder will produce for the next 4 years in Yankee stadium?? I do! and what is Cashmans love with Swisher. The guy has been a ZERO the last 3 years in the playoffs. What does Cashman say? “look what he did in the regular season” Hey moron the Yankees are expected to win the world series every year and anything less is a failure. Wake up!

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