In the new era of analytical baseball, Joe Girardi got the boot after ten seasons with the Yankees. GM Brian Cashman was lukewarm on keeping Joe Girardi four years ago, and definitively opposed after this season.
The direction the Yankees will go for the next manager is still unclear, but someone who is open to collaborating with Cashman seems a prerequisite. Girardi said he is interested in managing in the future, and insists he has embraced the analytics that are taking over the game.
But who will be next in the big ballpark in the Bronx? Here are some of the top rumored candidates, in alphabetical order, lest you think we’re playing favorites…
Jay Bell, manager, Single-A Tampa Yankees
Bell impressed at Single-A Tampa in first year managing in Yankees system. A former Reds bench coach and Pirates hitting coach, Bell played 18 years in the big leagues with the Indians, Pirates, Royals, Diamondbacks, and Mets.
David Cone, YES Network broadcaster
Borderline Hall of Fame pitcher who played 17 seasons in the Majors, brilliant baseball mind with a tremendous understanding of analytics. Long shot.
Trey Hillman, manager, SK Wyverns
Former Yankees minor league manager and scout. Managed the Royals from 2008-10. Former Nippon manager in Japan. Currently managing SK Wyverns in Korea.
Raul Ibanez, advisor, Dodgers
Ex-Yankee DH who worked for the Dodgers as a special assistant has long thought to be a managerial candidate due to strong understanding of the game and solid communication skills.
Kevin Long, hitting coach, Mets
The Yankees have had a tough time replacing the tireless worker who has been the Mets’ hitting coach the past three years and is a candidate to be the next Nationals manager.
Pete Mackanin, former Phillies manager, former Yankees pro scout
Former Phillies manager who some believe did a good job with a pathetic team this past season. Yankee connection as a former pro scout for the club.
Al Pedrique, manager, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Has managed Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Former player development head Gary Denbo was very high on him.
Rob Thomson, Yankees bench coach
If familiarity counts with Brian Cashman, Thomson has tons of it, since this was his 28th season in the organization. Yankees bench coach for last four years, third base coach for six years before that.
Reggie Willits, Yankees outfield/baserunning coordinator
Yankees minor league outfield/base-running coordinator brought in by Denbo. Constantly receives high marks within the organization for his work ethic and baseball
IMO, Raul Ibanez or Al Pedrique will get the job, but there are tons of interesting names floating around right now. Who’s your pick?