It's been several weeks since the Yankees announced that they would not be bringing Kevin Long back as the team's hitting coach. Long lost no time in finding another job as the Mets' new hitting coach, but the Yankees still haven't made a decision on his replacement. Chili Davis and Dave Magadan were some of the candidates being considered last week, but Davis signed on with the Red Sox, and Magadan was informed that he would not be filling the position. Let's take a look at who else the team could be considering.
Greg Colbrunn's name was being thrown around quite a bit. He previously coached the Single-A Charleston team for six years, before becoming Boston's hitting coach in 2013. After deciding not to return as their coach next season, the Yankees have hired him back as the hitting coach in Charleston. The Yankees also reached out to Eric Hinske to gauge his interest in the position but he elected to stay with the Cubs as their assistant hitting coach after previously working as their first base coach.
According to Sweeny Murti, James Rowson interviewed for the position. He currently serves as the Yankees' minor-league hitting coordinator. He also has experience as the Cubs' hitting coach, a job that he held from mid-2012 through the 2013 season. Former Yankee Marcus Thames is also reported to have interviewed for the position. He has been one of the Yankees' minor league coaches since 2013 when he was hired as Tampa's hitting coach. In 2014 he served as the hitting coach in Trenton.
It is possible that the Yankees are also considering Dante Bichette for the role. He has some coaching experience as he was the Rockies hitting coach for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Furthermore, he has the added bonus of being a close friend of manager Joe Girardi. If it's about who you know, then that could very well win him the job.
In somewhat surprising news, Joe Maddon recently announced that he would be using an opt-out clause to get out of his contract as manager of the Rays. There has been some speculation that the Rays could make changes to the remaining coaching staff, meaning that the Rays current hitting coach, Derek Shelton, could be available to the Yankees. He has previous experience working with the Yankees farm system, and even managed Robinson Cano way back when he was a brand new prospect. Prior to working with the Rays, he also was the Indian's hitting coach for five seasons.
Finally, the team could even be considering Luis Sojo, who was the Yankees' third base coach from 2004 through 2005. He has filled several managerial roles in the Yankees' farm system since then.
Who would you like to see the Yankees hire out of these choices? Do you think there is some better option that they might be overlooking?