Marchand: Yankees looking into hiring an assistant hitting coach

Update: Yankees may or may not have been high bidder for Keppinger
Open Thread: Day Three from Nashville

Via Andrew Marchand: The Yankees and looking into hiring an assistant hitting coach to pair with the incumbent Kevin Long. Two hitting coaches is one of baseball’s newest trends, and a recent article by The Sporting News says eleven teams currently staff an assistant or are seeking one this winter. Obviously we don’t know when the team started talking about this, but it seems odd that this is coming out after Greg Colbrunn (Red Sox) and Tino Martinez (Marlins) left the organization for hitting coach gigs elsewhere.

Update: Yankees may or may not have been high bidder for Keppinger
Open Thread: Day Three from Nashville
  • Jedile

    Hire Barry Bonds or Sammy Sosa!

  • Rich in NJ

    Jaramillo or Denbo…or perhaps both with one being an assistant to the assistant.

  • thenamestsam

    Makes sense to do it in my opinion. Presumably they’d be paying this guy only a few hundred thousand a year. When you figure that 1 WAR is going for $6M or so on the free agent market the guy only needs to make only a very, very small difference with one player to be worth his salary. One success story like Long had with Granderson is probably worth 10 times the salary he would make.

  • Tim McCarver

    All the hitters need their own hitting coach and all the pitchers need their own pitching coach!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’d be curious what job description for “assistant hitting coach” is and what started this.

    I’m otherwise indifferent to this all.

    • Havok9120

      The theory seems to be that a guy trained to be a dead pull power hitter or a slappy singles hitter or any other mold won’t be the most effective teacher for a hitter whose swing or build is more suited to a different school.

      I’m pretty indifferent as well, but I can certainly see where its coming from.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Not that I know jack shit about this, but I would think that a coach could handle a style different than their own.

        • Elton Cod

          Yes, we have seen that from Kevin Long – he will take anybody and turn him into a pull hitter who strikes out a lot.

          • Jacob

            He took granderson and changed him from a potential platoon guy to a 40+ homer guy, strikeouts aside he made grandy. He also took swisher and changed his hitting making him more productive.

            • Mike Axisa

              And the Yankees don’t even strikeout a lot anyway. It’s just Granderson. Tenth lowest strikeout rate as a team this season.

          • DC

            Ah, the return of Eltonworld where facts are outlawed and only emotional knee-jerk opinions are allowed.

        • Preston

          I think it’s hard to reach a veteran player. Anybody who’s been a professional hitter for a decade has enough knowledge to be a coach, so they aren’t going to listen to just anybody. Maybe some guys tune out Long, if another voice was in the room maybe they’d listen to him and everybody can use some constructive criticism.

    • mustang

      Job description:

      1- Dominican and Canadian passport

      2- Medical and Pharmacists background phlebotomy a plus

      3- multiple alias

      4- Love working out and gyms.

  • Mike

    Pete Rose

  • Chris

    Perhaps the assistant role was offered to Colbrunn or Tino and they both turned it down for lead/first/head hitting coach spots?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Sure, or they thought of this after they left, or they simply want someone else…

    • Ted Nelson

      Yep. Odds are they were not taking an assistant hitting coach job over a hitting coach job.

  • Roy Munson

    I like it. Perhaps k-long as the 30,000 foot above guy and the ahc as the day to day grinder.

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    Coach one guy to one game winning hit…

  • The Real Eddard

    Why not just fire the one we have and hire a competent one? That would kill two birds with one stone.

    • Laz

      was going to respond, but its eddard.

  • mustang

    I guess they have to call the guy that brings in the riods somethings so “assistant hitting coach” it is. ;)

    • mustang

      Who said the Yankees didn’t make a big move yet? This can the biggest one.

  • ClayDavis

    With the lineup this team’s probably going to have. Who in their right mind would want that pressure?

  • Bobo

    Hire Brian McNAmee….he’s a winner!

  • Jonathan

    I would think you could break it down to one coach that excels at the fundamentals and mechanics of hands on swing work and one might be more of a game plan guy and figures out the best way to attack pitchers on a team level. Also, before they hire an assistant hitting coach they should probably hire some fucking hitters. I doubt jeter repeats last year, we know without an out of the blue trade that were significantly downgrading at catcher and RF. Tex has been in a decline since 2009, I have faith that Granderson will be between his 2011 and 2012 numbers, with ARod missing time and Chavez gone itd be tough to come close to our 3b production last year. I have no idea what’s done at DH…unless some monster trades are coming we’re in trouble. At least we aren’t throwing away our greatest advantage so people so rich that they could afford absolutely anything they want can save a few more million. If we go into the season with Chris Stewart and a half ass platoon in RF and a regular UTIL I really hope people in New York stop going to games nearly as often but I know and the owners know that wont happen. We finally have a good pitching staff and now we won’t have a great offense. Please pull a Santana or Upton out if your ass Cashman