Yanks have options to fill coaching spots

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Frank Della Femina at NJ.com runs through the list of people who could potentially fill the Yanks’ new-found coaching vacancies. The usual suspects — Willie Randolph, Larry Bowa — appear on the list. I’d be less surprised to see Randolph return than I would be if Bowa came back, but I can’t imagine Joe Girardi will feel too comfortable with Randolph, an obvious candidate for the managerial spot, hanging around.

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  • 1996 Yankee Alumni Society

    Keeping such a valued/long tenured member of the organization in pinstripes – or I should say placing him back in pinstripes – is a good move.

    My preferred coaching staff for 2010 and beyond:
    Willie Randolph – Manager
    Paul O’Neill – Bench Coach
    David Cone – Pitching Coach
    ‘Goose’ Gossage – Bullpen Coach
    Bernie Williams – Batting Coach
    Tony Pena – 1st Base Coach
    Roy White – 3rd Base Coach

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Dude, if you haven’t noticed watching the YES telecasts, Paul O’Neill is a fucking moron. I don’t want him coaching anybody on the Yankees.

      Also, what the hell did Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland do, in your eyes, that would warrant them being dismissed after the 2009 season?

      • steve (different one)

        HE HAS FIRE IN HIS BELLY!1!!1!!!!!

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        That’s gotta be a joke (i.e. someone just trying to get people riled up), right? I mean… It’s just so out there.

        • Count Zero

          I presumed it was a troll all the way…

      • mike g.

        Jamal; Girardi was a genius in the telecasts and the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs!!

        these are baseball players not rocket scientists!!!!

        Willie will wip Cano back in shape! guaranteed!!! Cano needs to shape up!!

        SEND THEM HOME WILLIE!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Ivan

          “Willie will wip Cano back in shape! guaranteed!!! Cano needs to shape up!!”

          That’s really funny considering that when he was with the mets, some player name Jose Reyes never seem to play hard for him and etc.

          seriously y’all need to stop living in the past and also, stop picking your beloved/favorite players to be coaches/managers.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            I think mike g. was kidding no? Ugh. I can’t even tell anymore.

          • mike g.

            willie played second base. apparently he was pretty good.

            willie was a great third base coach. send them home willie!!!

            jose reyes is a mental case. showboating doesn’t help.


    • steve (different one)

      I would also add:

      Mariano Duncan – Head Motivational Speaker
      Cecil Fielder – Nutrition Consultant
      Wade Boggs – Equestrian Instructor
      Ruben Rivera – Equipment Manager
      Dwight Gooden – Grounds Crew Chief, Foul Line division
      Graeme Lloyd – Ostrich Mascot

      • Ivan

        LOL at Ruben Rivera being the equipment manager.

      • jsbrendog

        duncan is on torres staff and was about to toss some punches the other night with philly…it was awesome

      • radnom

        Well done sir.

      • Count Zero


      • Nickel

        LMAO- Equestrian instructor!

    • A.D.

      The issue would be:

      O’Neill: doesn’t want to work
      Cone: doesn’t want to work
      Goose: ego is too big for the pen
      Bernie: that’s a lot of healing

  • jsbrendog

    willie trandolph is a great baseball mind but i do not want him as a manager. he is a good bench coach or guy to have around. just say no to willie managing. tony pena would be a much better manager.

    but you know who else could be really good? this guy girardi, i think they should hire him…

    • Steve

      Really? A “great baseball mind”? Then why was he passed over for so many jobs? Even ones he interviewed for? The Yanks gladly let him go, the Mets felt the need to get an “experienced” bench coach in Manuel to make up for his shortcomings.

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

        Yeah, seriously. I wish all great baseball minds weren’t saddled with good bench coaches. Joe Torre couldn’t really fulfill his destiny as a great baseball mind until he get rid of that experienced and meddlesome Don Zimmer.

        Oh wait.

        • Steve

          Way to miss the point, Ben. He was passed over because he didn’t interview all that well.

          If you think Willie was a “great baseball mind” then give me an example of how he dazzled you with his brilliance. We have about 3 years worth of Willie post game press conferences, give me a quote that he authored that shines with the brilliance of a great baseball mind. Something other than “Ducks on the pond” .

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

            I think we’re both missing each other’s points.

            I don’t necessarily believe Willie was a great baseball mind, but you can’t point to the presence of Jerry Manuel as evidence that he was a bad baseball mind. Managers, good and bad, surround themselves with experienced coaches. Torre does it; Mike Scioscia does it; Terry Francona does it. It’s just part of the package.

            But I agree with you: I’m not too keen on seeing Willie return.

            • Steve

              Does anyone besides you and me remember that he wasn’t all that great as a 3B coach?

              That, on top of the fact that he would be taking a HUGE pay cut from the $ the Mets owe him for next year and the fact that Girardi would likely be uncomfortable having him around, fearing he could be a replacement managerial candidate.

              The whole thing makes zero sense.

  • A.D.

    On the Willie situation… maybe its keep your friends close, and your enemies closer… Joe wants him right there next to him


    Why would Bowa come back? He seems comfortable out there in LA.

    • Steve

      . . . and he is very loyal to Torre, and took some subtle jabs at Girardi and the Yanks on his way out. I HIGHLY doubt Bowa would be interested.

  • Brad K

    Love the Ruben Rivera comment. Willie as manager scares the hell out of me. Were you paying any attention to the Mets this year. He may have a great baseball mind (????) but that doesn’t make him a great manager. I like Willie on the bench or maybe back at third. As for the rest of the list……..I don’t think so. David Cone pitching coach….why?

  • http://www.ilikemygirls.com Seven Costanza

    just because someone was a good player doesn’t make him a good coach. managers that were mvp type players are in the vast minority.

  • http://knickerbockerchatter.blogspot.com Bruno

    Willie 3B Coach
    Eiland BP Coach (afterall, the ‘pen did perfom well this year under Eiland but the starters didn’t except for Moose)

    Or, if Eiland being “demoted” to the ‘pen is too much of an ego-bruise, hire Mazzone to be the “pitching consultant”

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  • 1996 Yankee Alumni Society

    how ’bout Jeff Nelson as bullpen coach? (or Roger Clemens as strength and conditioning coach?)

    actually my original comment re: the coaching staff was more sarcastic than serious – it certainly generated a rabid response – but I do think the organization should work with Bernie to possibly find some type of position with the club.

  • Steve

    Best idea I’ve heard so far is move Tony Pena over to 3B, and bring in a new 1B coach. See if Tino or O’Niell is interested. The Yanks have kicked this around as an option. I think Pena is overqualified to be at 1B, give him a shot.

  • dkidd

    davey lopes seems to have made a big impact on the phils’ running game. maybe we should be prioritizing people who know base stealing (tim raines?) to coach first

    bowa’s the best third base coach and the best infield coach around. throw money at him and see if he comes back east