Yankees add Don Wakamatsu to scouting staff


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.

Categories : Asides, Front Office


  1. Andy in Sunny Daytona says:

    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.

  2. Robinson Tilapia says:

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


  3. crawdaddie says:

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

  4. mark says:

    Should have spent the extra coin on RussMart.

  5. Chesser says:

    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) says:

      New strategy by the Yankees.

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

  6. Strat says:

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

  7. MannyGeee says:

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


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