What to do with the coaching staff

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Since I’ve never played Major League Baseball, I’m not quite sure how important the coaching staff really is to a team’s success. Nevertheless, there has been some banter on the topic since the season ended. PeteAbe thinks the team should hire former Yank Don Baylor to sit beside Joe Girardi. I’ve heard people mention Willie Randolph, which makes plenty of sense — unless, of course, he’d rather sit on his couch and collect his Mets paychecks rather than getting back into the game.

What are your thoughts? Does it matter? If so, cast your vote below. If not, well, you can vote anyway. If you have any write-in suggestions, leave ’em in the comments.

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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Wow, no love for Robbie T. What the hell does a bench coach do anyway?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Coaches the bench?

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Seriously, though, the Bench Coach is probably the second most important assistant on the staff, even more than the 3rd base coach, pitching coach, and hitting coaches, who only really concern themselves with limited technical aspects of the game and not with larger issues of strategy and game/season/personnel management. The Bench Coach is the manager’s most trusted confidant, the person he turns to to be the sounding board and the voice of reason (or, alternately, the devil’s advocate) for the hundreds of tiny decisions that managers must make every day. No other position on the field, outside of the manager himself, requires such complete and thorough competence of all things baseball and indeed, all things people. This is why the Bench Coach is generally the position filled by men with the greatest baseball IQ’s and why it’s the most natural stepping stone for the great managers of the future. In order to ensure our team plays smart, plays hard, plays consistently well–even through the rough patches and the slumps–and contends for a title, year in and year out, Joe Girardi has to have a calm, smart, and effective leader, teacher, and communicator for a lieutenant.

        That’s why it should be Hank Steinbrenner.

        • jsbrendog

          hank steinbrenner or an insult comic

          • Mike N (Stamford, CT)

            I think Triumph the Insult Cominc Dog has free time these days

        • Babe’s Ghost

          ROFL… Comment of the day!

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Baylor and Randolph. I certainly think the Yanks could find place for ’em both on the team.

    • radnom

      Seriously. I wanted to pick options A, C (and D :) )

    • Chris C.

      “I wouldn’t mind seeing Baylor and Randolph. I certainly think the Yanks could find place for ‘em both on the team.”

      Holy Shit on a stick!!! Don’t you think it may be time to stop hiring people just because they once wore pinstripes when they played?
      Let’s take 2 of the worst ex-managers to ever sit in a major league dugout, and stick them next to a guy who currently has no clue what the hell he’s doing! The ideas they bounce off each other would be so stupid, they just might work! Why not add Bucky Dent while we’re at it?

      Don Baylor’s the guy who used to have the #7 hitter in Colorodo bunting the runner to second, so the #8 hitter and the pitcher would have to drive him in.
      THAT’S the guy you want advising Girardi?

    • Old Ranger

      Have to agree with you on those two guys.

  • kenthadley

    I know it’s not popular with some of the folks here, but I think Bowa was the best 3b coach I have seen in a while…..with, of course, the side benefit…….

    • radnom

      What the heck are you talking about

      “I know its not popular here but I feel … (then says something people here parrot ad nauseam blah blah Cano etc)”

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Bowa as the best 3rd base coach is a popular idea. What isn’t popular is saying that he’s the only reason Robinson Cano was once good at hitting.

  • Matt

    bring back the whole staff from 96-2001. And why isnt Joe Torre on the list lol

  • Manimal

    Baylor for Bench and Willie for 3rd base. Meachem is just stupid. I’d take Bowa over anyone in a heart beat.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Also, Lane Kiffin and Scott Linehan are available.

    • radnom

      Isiaha Thomas?

      • Jack

        Matt Millen?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          Sarah Palin?

          Oh, my bad, too soon…

          • UWS

            She might actually be busy with some things at the moment. But in about 6 weeks you can probably give it a shot.

            And I will stop now, because I have no desire to be banned :)

          • Count Zero

            Nah – she’d want to use her own personal set of signs.

  • jsbrendog

    You bring back Willie as 3b coach, but if you were a manager would you want to come back as a 3b coach?

    I also think willie could make a good bench coach because he knows the older guys and you’d think could relate to the younger guys. Also he seems a good foil to girardi’s attitude and demeanor. I think if you take the pressure off and he plays second fiddle he will be much better. You could tell in NY with the mets that losing hurt him personally, and being a #2 guy where he wont take the fall but can have a positive influence will suit him well. I dont think he seeks the glory but he cant handle the defeat.

    as for baylor…..ehhhhhhhhhh……..i dunno.

    how about harold reynolds for 3b coach? he can hit on fans in the front row

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Larry Bowa. Tony Pena. These guys were former managers. What I liked about Torre’s staff is that he had former managers on it. Even his support staff were manager’s in waiting. i just don’t get the same feeling about Robby Thompson and Bobby Meachum.
      I hate that I’m agreeing with PeteAbe, but I think Don Baylor would be a great addition to the staff. I’d rather see Pena coach third, also.

    • Chris C.

      “You bring back Willie as 3b coach, but if you were a manager would you want to come back as a 3b coach?”

      Oh, I see. It’s okay for Larry Bowa to manage, then return as a 3rd base coach, but it’s beneath Willie Randolph?
      There’s only 32 major league managerial jobs out there. If Randolph ever wants a shot at one of them in the future, do you think he’ll get noticed sitting home on his couch, and occasionally dropping by the Yankee broadcast booth once a month?

  • Ricochet

    The bench coach is very important and it needs to be someone who is vocal and speak his mind to challenge the manager reasons like Zim did for Torre. Torre was never a good manager in the sense of managing the game his greatness was his ability to manage the players. What made Torre great was that he had Zim, who knew the game and when to do what and when to speak up and tell Torre that’s not a smart move do this or that and that combo was a perfect fit.

    So whoever it is the Yankees need someone who will speak up and question Girardi from time to time and put in his $0.02. What’s not need is a YES MAN that will sit on his hands and be nothing more than a side kick for the manager that will agree with everything Girardi does or says.

    • Chris C.

      “So whoever it is the Yankees need someone who will speak up and question Girardi from time to time and put in his $0.02. What’s not need is a YES MAN that will sit on his hands and be nothing more than a side kick for the manager that will agree with everything Girardi does or says.”

      Is it just me, or are there other rational, intelligent people out there who have sensed that Joe Girardi believes he has invented the game of baseball, and would never in a million years give 2 shits about what some ex-failed manager sitting to his right has on his mind?
      I don’t know what tipped me off to this. Perhaps it’s the fact that he’s made a ton of managerial mistakes this season, and is too thick-headed to regret a single one of them.

  • Yankees 4ever

    How about trying to convince O’Neill, Bernie & Brosius as coaches for the team. Then fire meachem, put pena at third and put Sojo at first and to stay on top of Cano.

    • steve (different one)

      what evidence is there, besides being members of WS teams, that these guys have any clue how to coach?

      also, it’s funny that people want Meacham fired, yet no one remembers that Sojo coached 3B exactly the same way.

    • Chris C.

      “How about trying to convince O’Neill, Bernie & Brosius as coaches for the team. Then fire meachem, put pena at third and put Sojo at first and to stay on top of Cano.”

      Oh, well that settles it!
      NY YANKEES, WS CHAMPS, ’09!!!!!

      After every game, they can hold a concert in the clubhouse!

  • jsbrendog

    SOJO! i forgot about him, he’d be awesome lol

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

    Willie bench coach, Thompson 3B?, Mazzone pitching coach, Eliand BP coach

  • JohnnyC

    Not saying I’m against it but you do know that taking Meacham and Harkey away from Girardi would be a not too subtle dig at the job he did this season. We have no reason to believe that Cashman (if he stays) feels that way about the coaches.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

    I still say Mazzone/Eliand combo

  • Baseballnation

    Willie randolph is great but I don’t think he should be the manager in waiting. I make this decleration now and it’s not in jest, but I nominate Bernie Williams as Bench coach. He cut from the same kind of mellow cloth of Torre, would be a players guy, while getting that edge under the leadership of Joe G. and he’s phenomenally respected in new york as well as the org.

  • Batty

    Anyone besides Meachum!!

  • tomaconda

    I like Bowa for 3rd and Jack Nicholson for the bench coach.

  • mike

    I say bring back MAZ……Thompson can go back to being the spring training/game day coordinator, meachum can go scratch for all I care, cano certainly needs a wake up call and doesnt respect meachum…does anyone for that matter???

  • Bart

    Who was Casey Stengel’s bench coach?

    If a manager can’t run the game by himself maybe he souldn’t be managing — extra voices and opinions add noise and confusion —

    — the manager needs the pitching and the hitting coaches’ eyes and input; he needs to spread the teaching and some organization; and if he isn’t the “crack the whip guy” a Bowa personality among his coaches to help with discipline

    3B and 1B are there to relay signs and make sure they know what can happen in every situation – think ahead for the Base Runners – to insure the runners are not “brian fogged” — and yell like hell when needed; and 3B with as much computer like precison as possible calculate game situation, likley throw accuracy, and ball – runner time of arrival before sending a guy home

    But personalities should be taken into account – some pro golfers don’t want the guy on the bag to do anyhting other than stay out of the way – others want input on everyhting (nothing to do with friendship or relationships these are separate) – just some guys don’t want any but their own thoughts — managers are the same

    Maybe Giradi shouldn’t be managing but since he is — then — If the “Little Sisters of the Poor” will keep him from making out stupid lineups, platooning because he can spell the word, and boneheaded “bunt” calls then they ought to be the bench with him

  • bebop

    None of the above. Find a young guy who knows something about statistics.