Aaron Boone
New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) and New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza (64) look on in the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 15, 2023, in Denver. David Zalubowski – staff, AP

This winter, the New York Yankees’ hands will remain full. Besides roster upgrades, the front office has to seek reinforcements in the coaching department as well. Sean Casey, the hitting coach, parted ways due to family reasons after serving in the second half of the season. The club wanted him back, but the timing wasn’t right for Casey.

A lot of names surfaced as ideal candidates for the hitting coach’s position, including Tigers assistant hitting coach James Rowson. But the Yankees are not in a rush as roster construction remains their top priority. Meanwhile, the Yanks had barely recovered from the loss of Casey; they had to witness the departure of yet another key coaching figure, which left skipper Aaron Boone absolutely gutted.


Yankees’ Skipper Heartbroken After Losing “Brother” Carlos Mendoza To Mets!

Aaron Boone
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This off-season, the New York Yankees will have to fill up two coaching positions. While Sean Casey vacated the hitting coach’s job, Carlos Mendoza gave up his bench coach’s position to join city rivals New York Mets. The Mets, now under the leadership of president of baseball operations David Stearns, fired previous skipper Buck Showalter after the 2023 season debacle. Mendoza, meanwhile, interviewed for the same and received a green signal. Carlos Mendoza will manage the New York Mets from the 2024 season and beyond. However, the Mets’ gain is the Yanks’ loss as they lose a key figure of the coaching group.

Carlos Mendoza has been a part of the New York Yankees since 2009 and has served as bench coach for four years. During that period, he developed a strong bond with Yanks skipper Aaron Boone. Naturally, the manager is gutted to lose a close colleague. In a statement given to Andy Martino of SNY, Boone said that Mendoza was a brother to him. He had a great baseball mind, and the duo got along really well as they often completed each other’s sentences. While Boone and Carlos weren’t always on the same page with respect to certain team decisions, the duo always found a way around to work in harmony. “I’m losing somebody who I completely trust. We have experienced a lot together, and he has become like a brother to me,” said Aaron Boone.

Luis Severino Finds Suitors As He Heals From Oblique Injury!

New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) grimaces with pain. Robert Sabo for NY Post

Meanwhile, Luis Severino, the impending free agent of the New York Yankees, is set to embark on a new journey. After serving for eight long years, the pitcher seems likely to move away from the Bronx to find a home elsewhere. Severino had a nightmarish season in 2023, which ended with an oblique injury. However, the pitcher is apparently healing well and is back to throwing, reveals Brendan Kuty of The Athletic.

Kuty also added in his article that as many as 8 teams have shown interest in landing Luis Severino. However, those 8 teams do not include the New York Yankees, and rightfully so. Severino became a liability for them as seasons passed. And this is the right time for them to move on and look for better alternatives. On the other hand, for Luis, it’s the beginning of a new dawn.