When the Yankees fired Kevin Long last month, it seemed like the hunt for a new hitting coach could be quick and easy. There were candidates for the job, discussions with Raul Ibanez, interviews with guys like Dave Magadan and Chili Davis,now and then nothing. Ibanez is on the “short list” for the Tampa managerial job, Magadan didn’t get the job, Davis took the Red Sox job and even after interviewing internal candidates like Marcus Thames and minor league hitting instructor James Rowson, the Yankees are no closer to getting a hitting coach than they were a month ago. Long recovered quickly, accepting the Mets’ hitting coach job two weeks after being fired by the Yanks.
So what gives? It’s probably nothing monumental, the Yankees are more than likely just being picky about who they hire.