Raul Ibanez doesn’t want to become the Yankees’ next hitting coach, according to a report.
By Brendan Kuty
Count Raul Ibanez out of the Yankees hitting coach search.
The ex-Yankees outfielder was intrigued by the job, but has told people he’s no longer interested, according to a report from the New York Post’s George King.
And that’s even if he doesn’t become the Rays’ next manager – a position for which he’s being considered.
Ibanez has been named a finalist for that job, alongside Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu, the Tampa Bay announced Friday.
Ibanez, 42, has never coached at any level and was a part-time outfielder for the Angels and Royals in 2014. He hasn’t officially retired from playing baseball.
Ibanez spent the 2012 season with the Yankees.
The Yankees have had difficulty finding a replacement for Kevin Long, whom they fired as hitting coach in October. Chili Davis was reportedly the front-runner for the position, but instead took the same job with the Red Sox.
Eric Hinkse turned down the position to be the Cubs’ assistant hitting coach and the club didn’t give the job to Dave Magadan, who returned his post with the Rangers.
The team has also interviewed Double-A hitting coach Marcus Thames and minor-league hitting coordinator James Rowson.
The Yankees plan on interviewing a new hitting coach candidate next week, general manager Brian Cashman said. No candidates have received second interviews.