By Chad Jennings
Sunday was moving day for me. A lot of hours spent hauling stuff in and out of an apartment, with no real time to check Twitter or email or anything else. But when things were fairly settled, I finally checked in with the rest of the world.
Turns out, the Yankees have a coaching staff again.
A source has confirmed what was first reported by Jack Curry: The Yankees are set to hire Jeff Pentland as hitting coach and Alan Cockrell as assistant hitting coach. Joe Espada will replace Mick Kelleher as the infield coach, though it’s not entirely clear whether he or someone else will be the first base coach.
Quick bios on the new guys:
Jeff Pentland: The 68-year-old has an extensive coaching resume, including stints has the big league hitting coach for the Cubs, Royals, Mariners and Dodgers. He has direct connections to both Joe Girardi and Tony Pena, so he’s familiar to the coaching staff even if he’s new to the Yankees bench. He’s the one stepping into Kevin Long’s role as the official hitting coach.
Alan Cockrell: Former first-round pick who got just a cup of coffee in the big leagues as a player, he’s since served as a major league hitting coach with both the Rockies and Mariners. He was in Colorado for their 2007 run to the World Series. He will be an assistant hitting coach, which is a new thing for the Yankees, but a trend that’s been catching on throughout baseball in recent years.
Joe Espada: After four years as the Marlins third base coach, Espada joined the Yankees scouting department last season. At the time, he made it clear that he still considered himself an on-the-field kind of guy. Espada was a utility infielder during his playing days, and he first joined the Marlins organization in 2006, which was the year Girardi served as the manager in Miami.