Didn't take long for the new hitting coach hiring process to start. Per a George King report yesterday afternoon, the Yankees were set to interview Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan for their vacant hitting coach job. The interview was scheduled for yesterday afternoon.
"Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Magadan were slated to meet Wednesday in New York to discuss the job that opened when former hitting coach Kevin Long was fired Friday with a year to go on his contract.
On Tuesday, Magadan said he had been contacted by the Yankees and that 'it was in the preliminary stages.'’’
The report also named the Mets as another team to have contacted Magadan. He is currently under contract with the Rangers, but due to ex-manager Ron Washington's recent departure, the team is allowing all its coaches to interview elsewhere. In addition to Magadan, King's report named Oakland hitting coach Chili Davis as the other scheduled interview for the Yankees this week. You'll remember Chili from his 2 years and 2 rings with the Yanks in '98 and '99.
I honestly have no clue what kind of reputation either of these guys have as coaches. What I know is their offenses have been top 5-10 in runs scored in the last few seasons and the Yankees have not. I wasn't a fan of K-Long, I think he deserved to go, and I'm glad to see some quick action being taken to replace him.