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2008 Yankee coaching staff set

Great that they’re keeping Kevin Long and Tony Pena, and promoting Dave Eiland to pitching coach. Cashman is doing well. I don’t know that much about the coaching of the other fellers – just that Bobby Meachem (the 3b coach) and Rob Thomson (bench coach) have been in baseball for almost 40 years combined. The new bullpen coach, Mike Harkey, I’d never even heard of before tonight. It sucks losing Larry Bowa, but if Girardi likes Harkey (his bullpen coach in Florida), then I trust him.

Eiland was Triple-A Scranton’s pitching coach this year (and worked with the Trio: Hughes, Joba and Kennedy), and was with Double-A Trenton in 2006 (during Hughes’ monster season).

I wonder if a study can’t be conducted that shows the effect of a good vs. a bad 3b coach…

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