New York Yankees News: Carlos Mendoza, Marcus Thames staying? Tigers hire shamed A. J. Hinch

New York Yankees, Carlos Mendoza

The New York Yankees were shocked to learn that the Detroit Tigers hired shamed Houston Astros manager A. J. Hinch. No matter how shocked they were, they were most likely pleased that their bench coach, Carlos Mendoza, Aaron Boone’s right-hand man, might be staying after all. They also could have potentially lost their pitching coach Marcus Thames who was also being considered. However, there is still talk that Mendoza is being considered for the Red Sox job as well. He has been interviewed twice by the Sox.

During the postseason general manager, Brian Cashman was interviewed and indicated that he was not expecting any coaching changes. Aaron Boone would be the field manager for the 2021 season.  The loss of one or both of these coaches would be hurtful to the Yankees and the overall coaching staff and would be another slot to fill in an offseason with so many decisions to be made.

A. J. Hinch will have a lot contend with as the new Detroit Tiger manager. Not only will he have to guide a team that has played so poorly in the last few years, but he will have to overcome the shame of his cheating involvement during his time with the Houston Astros. When MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the Houston Astros cheated during the 2017 season and postseason, Astros owner Jim Crane fired Hinch when he learned of the MLB suspension.

That apparently doesn’t bother the Detroit Tigers, as, within minutes of the end of the World Series, owner Al Avila of the Tigers was on the phone with Hinch, telling him to get on a plane and head for the Tiger’s Comerica Park. Hinch was interviewed and immediately hired.

MLB determined that the Houston Astros cheated during the 2017 season and postseason by using electronic equipment and by other means that Hinch must have known about. The New York Yankees lost to the Astros in the ALCS. This caused Jose Altuve to get MVP, leaving second-place Aaron Judge in the dust. Many believe that the Astros again cheated the Yankees during the 2019 season, although it was never proved.

The once-great Detroit Tigers have been lingering at the bottom of the AL Central for several years now. They finished this season better than last but still at the bottom of the heap; they went 25-35, finishing last in the AL Central. Just days before the end of the season three-year manager Ron Gardenhire retired from the game citing his health. Bench coach Lloyd McClendon took over as interim manager. The managerial search has ended with the signing of A.J. Hinch.

 

 

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Yankees could lose big in the off-season too

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone, Brian Cashman

The New York Yankees lost big in the regular shortened coronavirus season. They lost up against the Tampa Bay Rays 2-8 during the season. They lost big when they couldn’t win the American League East to the Rays. The biggest loss was when they couldn’t capture a win in the ALCS and go on to a World Series appearance. This is the New York Yankees; if they don’t win a World Series in a season, they consider their season a failure.

The World Series is about to be over, and when it is, the Yankees could again lose very big. The New York Yankees have 17 free agents in just a few days. Some of the big names include DJ LeMahieu, Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, J.A. Happ, among a dozen others. Giancarlo Stanton, Zack Britton, and Brett Gardner have options that could affect their team’s return. Add to that the Yankees could lose their bench coach Carlos Mendoza and their hitting coach Marcus Thames. The weeks ahead will tell how this all pans out.

As far as the free agents are concerned, the Yankees will have to double or more DJ LeMahieu’s yearly salary to keep him around. He will probably also want a longer contract to provide him with future career security. This year of no income and increasing responsibilities upcoming, if LeMahieu is too demanding, it is not out of the question that they could let him walk.

Last offseason, the Yankees spent big and landed one of the best pitchers in baseball, Gerrit Cole; now, with all the pitchers reaching free agency, the Yankees may have to spend big again on someone like Trevor Bauer. The other option is to keep some of the free agents and depend on the up and coming prospects to anchor the rotation. The Yankee brass realizes they must do something, or they will find themselves falling short again. If they keep any of their free-agent pitchers, it will probably be the somewhat dependable Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka has not tipped his hat as to if he wants to return to the Yankees. In Tweets, he has said he liked pitching for the Yankees but has also hinted he may return to Japan to finish his career.

So far as the other free-agent pitchers. There is a possibility that the Yankees may make some type of offer to keep James Paxton on the payroll. The question in that deal would be how much of a discount he would sign for due to his reoccurring health issues. Another big loss to the Yankees could come if they don’t take back 2019, most winning pitcher Domingo German, who was suspended this season for domestic violence. General Operating Partner Hal Steinbrenner has openly stated that German would have to prove to him that he is a changed man. If history means anything, they will probably take back German, considering what they did with Aroldis Chapman, whose case was worse.

The bottom line is that with Luis Severino coming back midseason and keeping Tanaka and accepting the return of German, it may release the Yankees from spending big money for a premium pitcher. It would produce a lineup similar to this: Cole, Severino, German, and Tanaka, which would leave them with a bevy of Montgomery and prospects to fill the remaining slot in the rotation.

In recent areas of losses, the Yankees could endure because Marcus Thames, the present hitting coach, has been interviewed for the new Detroit Tiger’s manager’s position. According to reports, he is presently on the shortlist for the job. More recently, Yankee bench coach Carlos Mendoza, Boone’s right-hand man, is rumored about for managerial jobs for both the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers.

The Red Sox got rid of Alex Cora when he was implicated in the Houston Astros cheating scandal. They replace him with Ron Roenicke, the result was a season where the team was a mess and ended up having one of their worst years in two decades. They ended up last in the AL East, losing a third more games than they won. The Detroit Tiger’s vacancy resulted when Ron Gardenhire abruptly retired with a week left to the season. Both teams will need a strong leader to improve their teams.

The remaining free agents they might lose are in the minor league system. And would likely not have a serious impact on the team regardless of what they decide. The New York Yankees will surely not lose all of these positions, but some of them could produce a very different looking team for the 2021 season.

 

Report: New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza pursuing a managerial job

New York Yankees, Carlos Mendoza

George A. King lll of the New York Post reported that New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza is a potential candidate for two managerial jobs. The report indicated that he’s rumored to be a candidate for both the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers vacancies.

This comes after Marcus Thames, Yankees hitting coach, also interviewed for the Tigers job nearly two weeks ago.

Mendoza, 40, spent 13 years as a minor-leaguer for the Giants and the Yankees. He retired from playing in 2009 and began coaching in the Yankees minor league system soon after. He managed the GCL Yankees in 2010 and the Charleston RiverDogs in 2011 and 2012. From 2013-2017, he was a defensive instructor throughout the organization.

After Joe Girardi was fired from the Yankees in 2017, new manager Aaron Boone tabbed Mendoza as the infield coach. He spent two years in that role before a promotion to bench coach prior to the 2020 season.

The two teams that are interested in Mendoza both struggled last season. The Red Sox finished an underwhelming 24-36 under manager Ron Roenicke. Roenicke served two seasons as bench coach under Alex Cora before a promotion to manager in 2020 after Cora was fired. Previously, Roenicke managed the Brewers from 2011 to 2015.

The Tigers were led by veteran manager Ron Gardenhire, who retired with a week left in the 2020 season. Gardenhire will go down as one of the best managers of all-time, retiring with 1200 wins. The rebuilding Tigers were 23-35 in 2020.

Mendoza reportedly interviewed with both teams, and is drawing strong interest from each of the two organizations.

New York Yankees: Getting to know new Yankee Bench Coach Carlos Mendoza

New York Yankees, Carlos Mendoza

During the offseason, the New York Yankees made some major coaching changes.  One of the biggest was the replacement long time pitching coach Larry Rothschild. The 65-year-old Rothschild was replaced by Matt Blake of the Cleveland Indians, mostly due to his more up to date understanding of the newest pitching technologies.

The Yankees also have a new catching coach in Tanner Swanson, previously the Twins’ minor league catching coordinator, he will be the quality-control coach and oversee all of the catchers in the organization. Phil Nevin (third base), Marcus Thames (hitting), and Reggie Willits (first base and outfielders) were said to remain in their positions.

One of the most significant changes to manager Aaron Boone’s staff is that he will have a new bench coach next to him in the dugout.  The Yankees promoted former infield and quality control coach Carlos Mendoza to be Aaron Boone’s bench coach.  Besides his wealth of knowledge of the game, he speaks fluent Spanish which should be a big help with the Latin players. Mendoza replaces Josh Bard who was Boone’s personal choice when he took the helm of the New York Yankees.

Mendoza has a rich history in baseball as a player, coach, and manager. 2020 marks Mendoza’s twelvef year with the Yankee organization.  As a player, he spent thirteen years in the minor leagues. He was an infielder with the San Francisco Giants and Yankees organizations, as well as three years for the independent Pensacola Pelicans. Medoza was a switch-hitter with a .232 batting average with 97 doubles, 15 triples, 19HR, and 200RBI in 706 career minor league games. He was drafted by the Giant as a non- drafted free agent in 1996.

His coaching career with the New York Yankees started as a coach with short-season Single-A Staten Island Yankees in 2009, the job he assumed with the Charleston River Dogs in 2010. He made his managerial debut with the Gulf Coast Yankees in 2011 and led the team to their fourth league championship.  In 2012 he was back with the River Dogs as it’s manager.  He also served as manager of the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League in both 2012 and 2016.

In 2013 he was promoted to the Major League New York Yankees as infield coordinator. In 2018 he was named Major League quality control and infield coach, the position he held until the end of the 2019 season. On November 11th, 2019, Mendoza was named the bench coach of the Yankees.

As Aaron Boone’s bench coach he will be his right-hand man, and directs field operations, helps Boone in decision making, and often relays scouting information to players on the field.  He also becomes acting manager when Aaron Boone is ejected from a game or is ill and can’t manage the team. Bench coaches seldom make the news but are one of the most important members of the team.

Mendoza is married to his wife Francis, the couple has two sons, Adrian and Andres. He attended U.E. Colegio Andrés Bello (college) in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Mendoza has an unusual ritual that he admitted to the YES Network’s Michael Kay.  Before each game at Yankee Stadium Mendoza ceremoniously tosses exactly 40 sunflower seeds in the grass behind home plate (one for each man on the extended Yankees roster). The prayer he recites after he tosses the seeds is unknown to the public.  This year he will be praying for a Yankee World Championship.