How Much Do Coaches Matter?

That’s what I’m wondering after reading about the shift within the Yankees.

Tony Pena will move from first base coach, where, among other things, he patted hitters on the butt for getting on base and whispered sweet nothings about the possibility of stealing. Now he’ll be the bench coach. I like this move. Pena was “Manager of the Year” for the Royals in 2003, has lots of experience and wisdom to offer Girardi, and is said to be highly regarded by the players.
What about Rob Thomson?
He’ll be filling the vacancy at third following the departure of Meacham. I like this move too, primarily because I thought Meacham was a windmill who ran the Yankees into far too many outs – and because we couldn’t persuade Bowa to leave the Dodgers.
At first base will be Mick Kelleher. I don’t know much about him except that he was the Yankees’ “minor league defensive coordinator,” whatever that means.
I guess Dave Eiland and Kevin Long are safe in their jobs. For now.
O.K. Fine. This all sounds reasonable. But what the Yankees need are quality players. So I hope you’re having fun in Dana Point, Cashman, but please bring us back some All Stars.

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