Staff Notes: Krause, Bullpen Coach, Williams

Krause. (Jamie Ramsey/Reds)

Krause. (Jamie Ramsey/Reds)

Joe Girardi‘s coaching staff was shaken up a bit last week when we learned bullpen coach Mike Harkey is leaving the Yankees to become the Diamondbacks’ pitching coach. Harkey was one of Girardi’s closest friends and confidants, so replacing him won’t be easy in that sense. Here’s the latest on some coaching and front office positions courtesy of George King, George King (again), George King (yet again), and Josh Norris.

  • The Yankees have hired Matthew Krause as their new strength and conditioning coach after declining to renew Dana Cavalea’s contract a few weeks ago. Krause held the same role with the Reds from 2005-2013. He also spent three years with the Pirates and eight years in the Marines, so the Yankees are in good shape for potential benches-clearing brawls. New York has been one of the most injured teams in baseball over the last four years while Cincinnati has been one of the least injured, though obviously not all of that can be attributed to the strength and conditioning coach.
  • Gary Tuck is one candidate to replace Harkey as bullpen coach. He held that role with the Yankees in 1990 and with the Red Sox from 2007-2012. Tuck also served as Joe Girardi’s bench coach with the Marlins in 2006 and spent 1998-1999 as a catching instructor in the Yankees’ minor league system.
  • Among the internal candidates to replace Harkey are Triple-A Scranton pitching coach Scott Aldred, Triple-A manager Dave Miley, Triple-A hitting coach Butch Wynegar, senior pitching instructor Greg Pavlick, minor league pitching instructor Gil Patterson, catching coordinator Julio Mosquera, and Rookie GCL Yanks manager Tom Nieto. All except Aldred have some kind of big league coaching experience.
  • Pro scout Rick Williams has left the Yankees to take a job with the Braves. He and Atlanta GM Frank Wren have known each other for a while, dating back to their playing days and time working for the Marlins. Williams was most often used to scout pitchers prior to the trade deadline.
  • Double-A Trenton hitting coach Justin Turner is out for whatever reason. He has been with the organization for a while but this was his first season with the Thunder. It appears High-A Tampa hitting coach Marcus Thames (yes, that Marcus Thames) will take over in Trenton.


  1. Will says:

    It helps to have a team that isn’t full of old, injury prone players.

  2. TWTR says:

    I would prefer to keep Patterson where he is.

  3. I'm a looser baby so why don't you kill me? says:

    Just out of curiosity, how much do you think a guy like Wynegar makes as our AAA hitting coach?

  4. I'm One says:

    Should have gone after the Red Sox Strength and Conditioning coach. He has all of the “inside” information on keeping players strong …

  5. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Maybe this is a brainfart on my part, but how many pitching coaches were catchers during their playing time? The Wynegar idea is interesting.

    • TWTR says:

      Dave Duncan comes to mind.

    • LarryM Fl says:

      I like the idea of a catcher as a pitching coach. He can see and handle all the different types of pitchers with the full assortment of pitches. Their deliveries, arm slots etc. are directly in front of them. He is aware of the pitches that are working. In other words his prospective may be better from all the experience of catching live in a game. A pitcher may focus on those coaching tips which were helpful to him and relay to his pitchers. It may be more narrow in the scope of nuances in fixes for a slumping pitcher.

  6. RetroRob says:

    Perhaps the change in the AA hitting coach is driven by the stagnation of some of their hitters at that level, especially Austin.

  7. mustang says:

    Hey what happen to the Hiroki Kuroda thread was having fun with it.

  8. MannyGeee says:

    Marcus Thames! FTW!!!!

    I want ALL the prospects learning to mash (and not how to field) from that dude.

  9. dkidd says:

    butch wynegar, please

    my second favorite switch-hitting yankee catcher


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