Asked in mid-November about the status of the Yankees' coaches, Brian Cashman said his desire was for Joe Girardi’s staff to return but that there was nothing to report.
“When we have something to announce, we’ll announce it,” Cashman said then.
That day turned out to be today as the team announced its 2009 coaching staff would return in 2010. All of the coaches’ contracts, except hitting coach Kevin Long’s, had expired after the season.
Keeping the staff intact, though it was expected, is no small thing as, results aside, the group was exceedingly popular among the players.
The announcement from the club:
“The New York Yankees announced today Joe Girardi’s entire coaching staff will return for the 2010 season, with Dave Eiland (pitching coach), Mike Harkey (bullpen coach), Mick Kelleher (first base coach), Kevin Long (hitting coach), Tony Pena (bench coach) and Rob Thomson (third base coach) all returning to their same roles as last year.
Eiland, 43, will enter his third season as Yankees pitching coach and eighth year coaching in the Yankees organization.
Harkey, 43, will begin his third season as Yankees bullpen coach.
Kelleher, 62, will return for his second year as the Yankees’ first base and fifth year as a coach or instructor in the Yankees organization.
Long, 43, will return for his fourth season as Yankees hitting coach and seventh year in the Yankees organization.
Pena, 52, will return for his fifth season on the Yankees Major League coaching staff and second as bench coach.
Thomson, 46, will enter his 21st season in the Yankees organization and his second as third base coach.”
The Yankees also had announcements regarding the coaching staffs for a pair of their minor league teams.
Scranton manager Dave Miley and his entire staff will return, Torre Tyson will be back for his fourth season as manager of the Charleston RiverDogs and his pitching coach Jeff Ware will also be back.
“Dave is everything that you want in a manager at this level,” Senior VP of Baseball Operations Mark Newman said in a release. “He understands the game and the balancing act at the Triple-A level that you have to have between winning games for the team and the fans. He also understands the most important reason you have a minor league system, developing players for the Major Leagues.”