The New York Yankees announced their full 2020 to coaching staff on Tuesday evening, after making a myriad of changes following the end of the 2020-21 season. Firing Phil Nevins, their third base coach, the Yankees went on to hire Luis Rojas, former Mets manager.
As per the Yankees PR team:
The Yankees today announced their coaching staff for the 2022 season. Joining Aaron Boone for his fifth season as Yankees manager will be bench coach Carlos Mendoza, pitching coach Matt Blake, bullpen coachMike Harkey, assistant pitching coach Desi Druschel, hitting coach Dillon Lawson, assistant hitting coachesEric Chavez and Casey Dykes, third base and outfield coach Luis Rojas, first base and infield coach Travis Chapman, and quality control and catching coach Tanner Swanson.
The Yankees have a strong coaching staff this upcoming season, with multiple names having field manager experience. In addition, there are also some familiar faces, including Matt Blake, who will return for his third season as the Yankees pitching coach, and Carlos Mendoza, who will return for his third season as a Yankees’ bench coach. Mike Harkey remains in his normal role as well as bench coach.
Despite those two coaches, the majority of the new staff is in their first year wearing pinstripes. Desi Druschel, Dillon Lawson, Eric Chavez, and Casey Dykes will all be in their first years with the Yankees’ major-league team. Several of them, including Druschel, Lawson, and Dykes spent time in the minor leagues with Yankee affiliates.
This is a strong group of coaches who should promote a winning atmosphere and culture moving forward, despite fans calling for a replacement at field manager. Boone failed to bring the Yankees to a World Series despite egregious spending habits from ownership and a plethora of talent. He will continue his quest to resurrect the franchise after years of uninspiring play in the postseason.
Hopefully, the front office will open the checkbook in free agency after the lockout, especially with needs behind Gerrit Cole in the starting rotation and at shortstop.