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.”
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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.
The Yankees have contacted Dave Magadan about their vacancy at hitting coach, he told the New York Post. 1
Magadan was scheduled to meet with Yankees GM Brian Cashman on Wednesday in New York to discuss the job that opened when former hitting coach Kevin Long was fired.2
Magadan is currently the hitting coach for the Rangers and is signed through the 2015 season. But, after Ron Washington resigned as Texas’ manager, the organization has allowed coaches permission to talk with other clubs.
The Mets have also contacted Magadan, he said.
Magadan has also served as hitting coach for the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres.
Magadan was drafted by the Mets in 1983 and played in the big leagues for them from 1986 though 1992. He hit .288 with a .390 OBP over 16 seasons in MLB.
The Yankees are considering bringing former Mets GM Omar Minaya to the Bronx to join the Yanks front office. (Boland, Oct. 13).
Newsday’s Eric Boland reported Yankees GM Brian Cashman is close with Minaya, now San Diego’s senior vice president of baseball operations. Boland reported it was not clear what role Minaya would have with the Yankees.
The Yankees are looking for someone to manage their farm system. Mark Newman, who had that role the past 15 years and also held the title of senior vice president of baseball operations, retired. Gordon Blakeley, a longtime member of the Yankees scouting operation, has joined the Braves as a special adviser.
Minaya, the Mets GM from 2005 to 2010, has held his current job since December 2011. San Diego fired Josh Byrnes as GM on June 23, and Minaya temporarily shared the GM role with two others before A.J. Preller was named to succeed Byrnes on Aug. 7.
Cashman has a history of hiring former GMs, including Kevin Towers (Padres) and Jim Hendry (Cubs).
Boland also reported former Royals manager Trey Hillman, who Cashman hired as a special assistant, was considered for Newman’s role, but Hillman wants to return to the field in uniform. Boland reported Hillman could join Joe Girardi’s staff or that of new Houston manager A.J. Hinch.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said a decision has “yet to be made” on whether the team will make a qualifying offer to reliever David Robertson (Hoch, Oct. 13).
Robertson had 39 saves in 44 chances and a 3.00 ERA as he succeeded Mariano Rivera as the Yankees closer. He is eligible for free agency.
“What happens as we move forward with him and the qualifying offer is yet to be determined, but we thank David and we’re proud of what he’s done here and how he’s handled himself here,” Cashman told reporter Bryan Hoch. “The final decision that has to be made here, first and foremost, is yet to be made.”
The Bergen Record’s Bob Klapisch reported Saturday that former Yankee Tino Martinez is not under consideration to replace the fired Kevin Long as the team’s hitting coach. (Klapisch, Oct. 11).
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Friday that Long was let go after the season.
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