Day 1 of MLB’s general managers’ meeting took place on Monday, and a lot of representatives of their respective clubs joined the huddle. From the New York Yankees, GM Brian Cashman, Michael Fishman, Tim Naehring, Kevin Reese, Omar Minaya, Brian Sabean, and Jim Hendry marked their presence in Arizona.
While Brian Cashman did not speak to the media directly, he is expected to make an address after owner Hal Steinbrenner issues a statement. More on that later. But for now, the Athletic shared a few insights from the general managers’ meetings. They revealed the Yankees’ plans for the off-season with respect to the appointment of coaches.
Yankees Not In A Rush To Hire New Bench And Hitting Coach Soon For 2024!
After Sean Casey announced his departure as the team’s hitting coach for the 2024 season, the Yankees lost another coaching personnel to city rivals. Bench coach Carlos Mendoza apparently signed for a managerial position with the New York Mets. Having said that, the Bronx Bombers are not at all in a rush to find quick fixes. The Athletic learned that Hal Steinbrenner wants to hire someone from the outside for the bench coach’s role. David Ross, the newly fired skipper of the Cubs, remains a target. Ross has had a good relationship with Aaron Boone in the past, and the duo gets along really well. If at all they change their minds and opt for internal solutions, third-base coach Luis Rojas seems an ideal fit.
Speaking of hitting coach, the New York Yankees want to hire a strong communicator. The Athletic noted that in 2023, many players, including veterans, complained of improper channels of communication. Apparently, the analytics guys came directly to them with statistics and other player information. Since players understand layman’s language, they faced trouble finding their way through the complex data. Thus, heading into 2024, the Yanks intend to form a proper channel of communication wherein every piece of information passes through a coach. Coming to options, Tim Laker, the Dodger’s minor league hitting constructor, and James Rowson, the Tigers’ assistant hitting coach, emerged as top candidates. Both have extensive experience in the coaching field and in the hitting department specifically. Thus, the duo seems to be a productive investment.
Hal Steinbrenner’s Public Address Date Revealed!
The fans are awaiting Hal Steinbrenner’s annual post-season press conference for weeks. It’s been a month since the Yankees off-season began, and the owner has been radio silent. Not anymore. As per The Athletic, Steinbrenner will appear before media and fans on Tuesday, November 7. He will speak to reporters virtually through video conference. As of now, Brian Cashman won’t join him. But he will speak later in the afternoon once Hal Steinbrenner concludes his address.
Meanwhile, the fans must keep their expectations in check. Hal Steinbrenner seems unlikely to make any major announcement on any personnel’s onboarding or offloading. The season review is still underway, meaning the owner might not have any answers. Still, Hal is expected to take accountability for the season fallout and also reassure the fans of the intent to bounce back stronger in 2024.