Friday, October 27, 2006

Maz out, Donny In

As you've all probably heard by now, Lee Mazzili will not be coming back as the Yankee's bench coach. Don Mattingly will.

I do not profess to know much about the inner workings of the Yankee coaching staff. No one outside of the small circle of Yankee coaches and players does. However, this seems like an obvious step to set up the Yankee legend and 3 year hitting coach for a managerial job, and send a message to Torre (Maz was one of Torre's boys).

By all accounts, Mattingly was an excellent hitting coach. By all accounts he is very popular in the clubhouse. More importantly, Mattingly never played under Joe Torre. He played under managers like Billy Martin, Buck Showwalter, and Bucky Dent. He may have his own distinct philosophy of how to run a baseball team. This organization needs a change from the current philosophy.

I wonder who will take over as hitting coach.