When the Yankees held their end-of-season press conference last week, they dropped a lot of news. There was the seismic announcement that Didi Gregorius requires Tommy John surgery and will miss a significant chunk of the 2019 season. Plus, Brian Cashman made it explicitly clear that he’s working to trade Sonny Gray. Those stories obviously dominated the headlines around here.
Lost in the shuffle, however, was a note on the coaching staff. The club confirmed reports that the entire 2018 coaching staff would remain on board for next season. Most notably, Aaron Boone continues his run as skipper, Larry Rothschild sticks as pitching coach, and Marcus Thames stays in his position as hitting coach.
After a rough showing in the ALDS, many speculated that the Yankees would shake things up in the coaching department. No such moves were made. Hal Steinbrenner exerts far more patience than his father, and Brian Cashman has never been one to make a knee-jerk reaction.
Given some perspective, this decision makes some sense. The Yankees won 100 games, pitched to a 3.78 ERA (3.63 FIP), and led the American League in wRC+. Tactical errors during high-stakes games fueled the clamor for fresh blood.
The Yankees made their decision, but now it’s time to hear from you. How do you feel about the coaching staff? Are you glad to see Boone and his lieutenants back? Or do you think changes should have been made? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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