The New York Yankees have hired Brad Ausmus as their bench coach, a team source confirmed Tuesday. The New York Post first reported the news. Here’s what you need to know:
What it means for New York hiring.
In Ausmus, the Yankees have a baseball catcher with both big league management and playing experience — two things Mendoza lacks. Drafted by the Yankees in the 48th round in 1987, Ausmus played for six teams in 18 MLB seasons. He managed the Tigers and then signed a three-year deal to manage the Angels, but only managed them through the 2019 season before being fired. He was fired from both jobs, compiling a 386-422 (.478) career record before joining the A’s in 2022.
A text message sent to Ausmus on Tuesday was not immediately returned.
The only remaining question on the Yankees coaching staff is whether or not both assistant hitting coaches will return. When the Yankees hired James Rawson a week ago, the 47-year-old coach was noncommittal about whether Brad Wilkerson and Casey Dykes would remain hitting assistants or if Rawson would fill the role. With his colleagues.
Players, however, spoke highly of Wilkerson and Dycus in particular. – Brendan Coote, Yankees staff writer
Bringing Ausmus to the Yankees
Speaking to reporters last week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman lamented Mendoza’s loss. The role of the bench coach is to gather information from all departments and present it to coach Aaron Boone, his assistants and the players in an organized manner. Ausmus will be Bone’s right-hand man and help with strategy in the game. Having someone like Ausmus who is a two-time manager is helpful.
Additionally, the bench coach’s biggest responsibility is running the team’s spring training practices. Ultimately, Ausmus (and the rest of the Yankees’ coaching staff) will be judged on the team’s performance on the field as the season begins. – Chris Kirschner, Yankees staff writer
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