By Brendan Kuty
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — That was quick.
The Yankees will name Josh Bard as bench coach and Phil Nevin as third base coach Monday, according to a pair of sources with knowledge of the team’s personnel decisions. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the news hadn’t been announced publicly.
Bard, 38, spent the last two years as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach and the previous three years as a scout and a special assistant. He was teammates with manager Aaron Boone with the Indians in 2005.
Since his retirement, Nevin, 46, has managed in independent ball, Double-A, Triple-A and was the Giants’ third-base coach in 2017.
The Yankees were also expected to retain Mike Harkey as the club’s bullpen coach.
The trio will join pitching coach Larry Rothschild on the Yankees’ staff, supporting Boone, who has no coaching experience.
It’s unclear who will be the Yankees’ first base coach. They also haven’t named hitting coaches. Tony Pena, who also handled the catching coordinator duties, was the first base coach. Alan Cockrell (primary) and Marcus Thames (assistant) were the hitting coaches.
Here’s what Boone had to say regarding how he would select his coaching staff when he was announced as the team’s manager last week.
“I want smart sitting next to me. I want confidence sitting next to me. I want a guy who can walk out into that room and as I talk about relationships I expect to have with my players, I expect that even to be more so with my coaching staff.
“Whether that is a guy with all kinds of experience or little experience. I am not concerned about that.”
Owner Hal Steinbrenner had said he was concerned with the idea that the Yankees may hire a manager without previous coaching experience, but he was satisfied when his front office told him Boone was their approximately unanimous pick.