Former Red Sox hitting coach Colbrunn back with Charleston

Greg Colbrunn will return as the hitting coach for the Yankees’ Class 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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Yankees, Mets prospects coexist on Scorpions

Only in the Arizona Fall League can Mets and Yankees players compete on the same team.

The Scottsdale Scorpions — which includes players from both New York organizations, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh — pairs up top players from these organizations onto one team, complete with a mashed together coaching staff.

“When everyone arrived, P. J. Pilittere, a hitting coach in the Yankees organization, joked with the other coaches that the clubhouse looked like an awkward high school dance. All of the players stuck to their corners, their cliques,” reporter Tim Rohan wrote in the New York Times (Oct. 18).

For example, Yankees prospect Dante Bichette Jr. has quickly become friends with another son of a major leaguer, Mets prospect L.J. Mazzilli.

“I like all these guys,” Bichette said. “The Mets might be some of our favorites.”


Read more: Young Mets discover unlikely pals: Yankees

Magadan expects quick decision from Yankees

Dave Magadan expects to learn soon if he will be the Yankees new hitting coach (NJ.com, Oct. 17).

“I’m just waiting to hear back from them one day or the other,” he told NJ.com Friday.

Magadan said he interviewed with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman Wednesday in New York. Magadan told NJ.com he believes the final interviews were Friday.