To fill the gap of the assistant hit that by. was left behind Eric Chavez“The Yankees” cast a wide net “in their search but are looking for a seasoned former player, reports Kristie Ackert of The New York Daily News. The Yankees’ coaching staff have little MLB gaming experience, so the club wanted to address this issue by hiring a punch coach who was well versed in Major League-level competition. A 17-year-old veteran like Chavez would have been a perfect fit, yet Chavez was only officially a member of the staff for a few weeks before being hired by the Mets as the new lead hitting coach.
The Yankees had Chavez and Casey Dykes set up as assistant coaches under lead coach Dillon Lawson, with the trio presenting different perspectives. Lawson and Dykes each played college ball and trained at college and minor league levels, but neither played pro ball. Chavez has never worked as a coach before, but he was a minor league manager with the Angels and, in addition to his long playing career, also worked as a special assistant in the front office of the Yankees and Angels.
One of the names that may be considered for the job as an Assistant Hitting Coach is Mark Trumbo, however, it remains to be seen whether Trumbo is really interested in the position. A source tells Ackert that it would “take a long time” to convince Trumbo to return to the day-to-day running of the big league, having “settled in” with a fine family life after 10 MLB seasons. Trumbo hit .249 / .302 / .459 with 218 home runs over 4,419 career record appearances and spent four seasons each with the Angels and Orioles, while also performing with the Diamondbacks and Mariners.
Known for his strength, Trumbo led baseball with 47 homers in 2016, resulting in a Silver Slugger Award and one of his two all-star nicks in his career. However, knee problems hampered Trumbo after that big year, and he only played 12 games in what appears to be his final season now. Although Trumbo wasn’t ready to officially retire after that shortened campaign in 2019, he hasn’t signed anywhere since, even suggesting The Athletic’s Dan Connolly that a coaching career may be in the foreground at some point.