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A-Rod reinstated after World Series ended

Alex Rodriguez is back in baseball.

Since the Giants won the World Series on Wednesday night, A-Rod is technically back in Major League Baseball after his season-long suspension.

Rodriguez, 39, currently has three years and $61 million left on his contract with the Yankees.

“Obviously he’s not going to be the A-Rod of winning MVPs,” CC Sabathia recently said about the infamous slugger. “He’s had a year off, obviously, but he’s been working and hopefully had some time to get healthy.”

In just 44 games in 2013, A-Rod hit .244 with a .348 OBP and .423 slugging percentage. He hit seven home runs and drove in 19 RBI, starting 27 games at third base.

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Could Raul Ibanez be next hitting coach?

Current Kansas City outfielder Raul Ibanez is in the mix for the Yankees vacant hitting coach job (King, Oct. 29). 

Ibanez isn’t on the active roster in the World Series, but there is speculation that the Yankees are waiting until the end of the series to gauge his interest in the position.

Ibanez is widely respected for his hitting acumen and the 42-year-old outfielder is with the Royals in a kind of unofficial coach capacity. He has a career .272 average with 305 home runs, 1,207 RBIs and an .801 OPS. Ibanez had 19 home runs and 62 RBIs in his one season with the Yankees in 2012.

The Yankees have  interviewed Dave Magaden and Chili Davis for the vacant jog as hitting coach. The Yankees also reached out to former Yankee Eric Hinske, who was with the Cubs, about the position.

Former Red Sox hitting coach Colbrunn back with Charleston

Greg Colbrunn will return as the hitting coach for the Yankees’ Single-A affiliate in Charleston, S.C. next season, two years after leaving to be the Red Sox major league hitting coach (Daily News, Oct. 24).

Colbrunn, 45, had a brain hemorrhage in in June and missed six weeks. The Daily News reported he chose not to return to Boston so he could spend more time with his family. He spent six years in Charleston, five as hitting coach and one as manager, before joining Boston. The Red Sox hired Chili Davis to succeed Colbrunn.

The Daily News also reported Tampa Bay hitting coach Derek Shelton could emerge as a candidate for the Yankees vacant hitting coach job. Shelton spent the past five seasons working for manager Joe Maddon, who announced Friday he was leaving the Rays.

Covino & Rich: A-Rod in Dallas

Covino & Rich discuss what Alex Rodriguez was doing at Cowboy Stadium when the Giants traveled to Dallas to play the Cowboys.

Magadan out of running for Yanks hitting coach

Dave Magadan is out of the running for the vacant hitting coach position with the New York Yankees, he said (McCarron, Oct. 20).

Magadan interviewed in mid-October for the position and said expected to hear back soon on the status of the position.

The Yankees fired longtime hitting coach Kevin Long at the beginning of October.

The Yankees scored just 633 runs in 2014, their lowest total since Long took over as hitting coach. The team scored 968 runs in 2007, the most since 1937.

Yankees announce spring training schedule

The Yankees will play their first spring game on March 3 at 1:05 p.m. against the Phillies in Clearwater, the team announced.

The club’s first home spring game will take place on March 4 at 1:05 p.m. vs. Philadelphia.

From the Yankees:

Home opponents include each of the Yankees’ four American League East rivals – Baltimore (March 28 at 1:05 p.m.), Tampa Bay (March 9 at 1:05 p.m. and April 1 at 1:05 p.m.), Boston (March 11 at 1:05 p.m.) and Toronto (March 17 at 7:05 p.m.). The Yankees are scheduled to play five night games at Steinbrenner Field – March 6 vs. Pittsburgh, March 12 vs. Atlanta, March 17 vs. Toronto, March 19 vs. Philadelphia and March 24 vs. Detroit.

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