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Around the Empire: Yankees news - 10/27/20

Yankees could lose bench coach to Red Sox; Third Base coach Phil Nevin interview for Tigers job; How Clint Frazier made The Leap.

New York Yankees Summer Workouts Photo by Elsa/Getty Images | Brendan Kuty: Kuty spoke to Nick Crocker, a trainer who has worked with Clint Frazier, about what helped the young outfielder take a leap on defense this season. Crocker simply credited regular reps for Frazier’s ascendance, arguing that Frazier had all the tools to excel in the field, but just needed consistent playing time to hone them. It certainly makes some sense, as Frazier had always flashed good speed and a fine arm even as he had previously struggled on defense.

New York Post | George A. King: There are a number of managerial openings around the league, and the Yankees have a few coaches interested in the opportunities. We’d heard reports that hitting coach Marcus Thames was in the running for the Tigers job, and now bench coach Carlos Mendoza has emerged as a candidate for Red Sox manager. Mendoza has been with the Yankees organization for 12 years, and was bumped up to the bench coach job ahead of 2020.

Detroit Free Press | Evan Petzold: And not to be outdone, third base coach Phil Nevin interviewed with the Tigers, per MLB’s Jason Beck. Nevin has manned the position for the Yankees for the past three seasons, and has previous managerial experience from his time in Arizona’s minor league system. Nevin also played with the Tigers from 1995-1997. It seems like the Yankees may have some positions to fill on Aaron Boone’s staff before too long.