Getting to Know Your Yankee Bench Coach: Josh Bard

Background:

Joshua David Bard (born March 30, 1978) is a former Major League baseball catcher. Bard played for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals and Seattle Mariners from ’02 to 2011.

Bard played along side of the new New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone in 2005 for the Indians. Bard spent most of his career dealing with injuries, however when healthy Josh served as a good backup catcher.

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After Bard retired in 2012 he became a Special Assistant with the Los Angeles Dodgers and would serve in that role until becoming the bullpen coach for the Dodgers prior to their 2016 season.

Through his relationship with Aaron Boone Josh Bard was hired to be the New York Yankees bench coach for the upcoming 2018 season.

Bench Coach? What Does He Do ?

According to the MLB.com Glossary the definition of what the Pitching Coach is:

“A bench coach is typically considered the right-hand man to his team’s manager and helps to foster a positive environment in the clubhouse as well as communication between the player roster and coaching staff. Bench coaches assist their managers in decision-making and will sometimes relay scouting information from the team’s front office to the club’s players.”

“Many bench coaches are former or aspiring managers. The bench coach typically steps in to act as manager when the regular manager is unavailable (often as a result of being ejected from the game).”

What to Expect ?

Josh Bard is the right hand man of Aaron Boone as thus his responsibilities will be many, however his biggest and arguably most important job will be assisting Boone on this brand new journey.

Getting to Know Your Yankee Third Base Coach: Phil Nevin

Background:

Phillip Joseph Nevin (born January 19, 1971) is a former Major League baseball player. Nevin played third base, first base and outfield. He spent twelve seasons as a player in the Majors, appearing in 1,217 games between 1995 and 2006 for the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Anaheim Angels, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins. Nevin was brought in to be the third base coach of the New York Yankees by new manager Aaron Boone.

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Third Base Coach? What Does He Do ?

According to the MLB.com Glossary the definition of what the Third Base Coach is:
“The third-base coach stands in foul ground, just behind the third-base bag, and helps relay signals from the dugout to both batters and baserunners.”

“With a batter at the plate, a third-base coach will use pre-determined hand and arm gestures to indicate when said batter is expected to bunt, execute a “hit-and-run,” or “take a pitch.” By rule, the third-base coach must stay within the designated coach’s box on the third-base side of home plate prior to each pitch. The coach may leave said box to signal a player once a ball is in play, provided the coach does not interfere with the play.”

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“Additionally, the third-base coach is responsible for advising baserunners on whether to stop at second and third base or to continue running home. He must know the speed of each runner, the location of the batted ball and the arm strength and accuracy of a fielder who is in the process of fielding the ball. Third-base coaches must act decisively and do so in the blink of an eye, as they often have just a second or two to decide whether to send a runner past third base in an attempt to score.”

What to Expect ?

It will be expected that Nevin will have surgery on his right shoulder from all of the “waiving home” that he will be doing this season. Phil has a close relationship with Aaron Boone and it is this relationship along with bench coach Josh Bard that Boone will lead on.