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Jeff Pentland won't be back as Yankees hitting coach

The Yankees fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland after

The Yankees fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland after just one season. Credit: AP / Chris O'Meara

TORONTO -- When the Yankees missed the playoffs last year, hitting coach Kevin Long paid with his job.

The Yankees made the postseason in 2015. But they went one-and-done, and now Long's replacement, Jeff Pentland, is out, too.

Bullpen coach Gary Tuck, who helped catcher Brian McCann with his throwing, also is out.

The New York Post first reported the departures of the coaches.

Pentland, 69, and assistant Alan Cockrell, who as of now remains on Joe Girardi's staff, oversaw an offense that ranked second in the AL in runs (764) and homers (212) but collapsed in September. Among the candidates for the job are Cockrell and minor-league coaches Marcus Thames and James Rowson.

The Yankees didn't replace Long until mid-January. Among those interviewed were Chili Davis, who chose to go to Boston from Oakland, and the Rangers' Dave Magadan, whose outspokenness in his interview bothered some in the organization.

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