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Dave Magadan Won’t Become Yankees Hitting Coach; Chili Davis Chose Boston Over NY

October 20th, 2014 at 5:54 PM
By Michael Moraitis

The New York Yankees have notified Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan that he will not be the team's next hitting coach.

Anthony McCarron of New York Daily News has the latest:

Magadan was one of multiple candidates the Yankees interviewed after the hitting coach position became vacant following the firing of Kevin Long. Earlier on Monday, it seemed that Magadan was the top guy ready to get the job, however that changed pretty quickly.

Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports that Magadan now finds himself in an awkward position with his current squad:

It has been reported that the Yankees plan on making their decision before the World Series starts, which is Tuesday, so the decision could come down at any minute.

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New York Yankees Concerned with Mark Teixeira’s Commitment to Baseball; Focus on Outside Interests

October 20th, 2014 at 3:30 PM
By Doug Rush

With two years left on an eight-year deal signed before the 2009 season, the injuries piling up and the skills slowly diminishing, the New York Yankees have every right to be concerned with Mark Teixeira.

But it's not the actual baseball player that the Yankees are concerned with heading into the winter and into the 2015 season. It's what he's interested outside of baseball that has the Yankees concerned and are reportedly questioning if he still has a commitment to baseball, as Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reported on Monday.

"A baseball insider I spoke with this week said Teixeira’s “outside interests” — he is financially involved in real estate holdings, a chain of juice bars, and is working to create what he called a “marriage of baseball and social media” — had become a point of concern, with some wondering how badly he still wanted to be a baseball player."

Teixeira apparently has gotten into real estate and owns a chain of bars; so the 34-year-old first basemen is clearly thinking about life after baseball, but considering the Yankees are tied to him for another two seasons and paying him a ton of money to be their starting first basemen, they still need production out of him until he physically can't play anymore.

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MLB Rumors: Dave Magadan Likely Favorite for New York Yankees Hitting Coach Spot: Report

October 20th, 2014 at 11:32 AM
By Doug Rush

With Chili Davis officially getting the Boston Red Sox hitting coach job, it leaves one other potential candidate and the favorite now to become the New York Yankees hitting coach for the 2015 season.

George King of the New York Post has reported that Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan, who interviewed with the Yankees last week and said the Yankees were nearing a decision, is the likely favorite to get the job with the team.

"With the Red Sox hiring Chili Davis as their hitting coach Sunday, it could mean Dave Magadan will be Kevin Long’s replacement as the Yankees’ hitting coach. Magadan interviewed with Yankees brass Wednesday and Davis followed on Thursday. They were considered strong candidates for the job."

The New York Mets had spoken to Magadan about the position as well, he also spoke to the Boston Red Sox about a possible return there, but Boston manager John Farrell told Magadan on Sunday that they were going with Davis as their next hitting coach.

Magadan is under contract for at least one more season with the Rangers, but given the fact that manager Ron Washington resigned during the season and they are undergoing changes with their coaching staff, Texas gave permission for Magadan to speak with other teams.

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Former New York Yankees 1B Coach Mick Kelleher Retires from Baseball

October 20th, 2014 at 9:22 AM
By Michael Moraitis

Recently fired New York Yankees first base coach Mick Kelleher is hanging up his cleats and will no longer coach in Major League Baseball.

Sweeny Murty of WFAN reported the news, announcing that Kelleher was retiring after 46 years in baseball, 16 of which were spent with the Yankees' organization:

Kelleher, along with hitting coach Kevin Long, was fired after the Yanks missed the playoffs were a second straight season.

Before beginning his extensive coaching career, Kelleher played 11 seasons in the majors with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, California Angels and Houston Astros, spending time at third base, shortstop and second.

It's an unfortunate end to a true baseball man's career, but the Yankees needed to go in a different direction. Granted, none of the team's problems can directly be blamed on Kelleher, however sometimes change is necessary regardless of whose fault it is.

We wish Kelleher all the best in his retirement.

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Boston Red Sox Hire Chili Davis as Hitting Coach; New York Yankees were Interested

October 20th, 2014 at 1:07 AM
By Doug Rush

You can cross off one of the bigger names that the New York Yankees wanted for their hitting coach job in 2015.

On late Sunday afternoon, it was announced that the Boston Red Sox would be hiring former Oakland A's hitting coach Chili Davis to be their next hitting coach; as Rob Bradford of WEEI.com tweeted out.

Davis had interviewed with the Yankees for the job along with Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan, who said the Yankees are likely to pick their next hitting coach, but no word has come out yet on whom that might be, but now with Davis leaving Oakland, where he spent the last two seasons at, to join Boston, it's obviously not going to be him.

Davis spent the final two years of his career with the Yankees in 1998 and 1999 and won two World Series with them in each season before calling it a career after 1999. His ties to the Yankees along with being a former teammate with Yankees manager Joe Girardi made him seem like an obvious candidate, but clearly, Davis liked something else better about the Boston job.

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