Yankees add Don Wakamatsu to scouting staff

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Via Ken Davidoff: The Yankees have added Don Wakamatsu to their pro scouting staff. The former Mariners manager has held various big league coaching and minor league instructor positions with several teams through the years, but I have no idea what kind of talent evaluator he is. I am a fan of having lots of voices in the front office though, so hooray for adding another one.

Open Thread: Batting practice hats
Believing in Austin Romine's defense
  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    If the Yankees can pick up Kurt Suzuki to go with Kyle Higashioka and Don Wakamatsu, they will have cornered the market on current and former Japanese/American catchers.

    • J6takish

      Isn’t Kurt Suzuki Hawaiian?

      • Brian S.

        He’s from California you racists.

        • Ted Nelson

          California, Hawaii, what’s the difference?

          Japanese-American is not Japanese, by the way.

        • Monterowasnotdinero

          Everyone’s a rittle bit lacist….

          /Avenue Q

          • hitstotheface

            And every white dude is a little bit pedophile.

        • LeftyLarry

          Why is pointing out ethnicity racist?

          Stop the PC nonsense, all it is , is an attack on liberty and free speech.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            If only I’d awoken 20 minutes ago. I could have saved you from uttering that second sentence, and bad grammar, by assuring you it was all in jest.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    It will only help Kuroda and Ichiro all the more to know they have a friend who has their back on the scouting staff.


    • Reggie C.

      Wakamatsu liked the large Chinese American population in the metro region.


  • crawdaddie

    That’s the second former manager added this offseason to the scouting staff. Also, the new Charleston manager is the third former MLB manager.

  • mark

    Should have spent the extra coin on RussMart.

    • Get Phelps Up

      What does that have to do with Wakamatsu?

      • The Doctor (formerly known as G formerly known as Matt Smith formerly known as David Tennant formerly known as…etc)

        Evidently scouting staff salary counts towards the salary cap.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Nothing, but mark will hang up and listen to what you have to say, Tom, er, Bob….

  • Chesser

    Well, if the new CBA limits the amount of money you can spend on amateur talent, and your self-imposed salary cap limits the amount you can spend on major league talent, perhaps it makes sense for a deep-pocketed team to sink a ton of money into scouting, player development, and coaches.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      New strategy by the Yankees.

      Hire EVERY possible managerial candidate and force the other teams to use player-coaches.

  • Strat

    Nice hire… But can he catch a fly with chop-sticks?


  • MannyGeee

    The missing piece in the Montero/Pineda trade: the Player (scout) To Be Named (much much much) Later…