Things aren't as completely silent on the hitting coach front as I made them out to be yesterday. Turns out the Yankees did reach out to another potential candidate and got shot down. Via George King:
"With Chili Davis taking the Red Sox job and the Yankees’ brass deciding Dave Magadan wasn’t a good fit, the Yankees reached out to Eric Hinske to gauge his interest in replacing Kevin Long as hitting coach.
However, the former Yankee opted to remain with the Cubs, where he will be the assistant hitting coach after serving as their first base coach this past season."
Not sure what to make of the pursuit of Hinske or him turning the job down. Like all the other candidates, I don't know enough about him and his reputation as a coach to know if he's a good fit or even worth the consideration. I will say that it's probably much more attractive to him to stay in Chicago where he gets to work with a gaggle of good young hitting prospects and already-established good young players like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo as opposed to coming in and working with the older Yankee crew. Can't blame the guy for turning the Yankees down.
At least things are happening and the pursuit continues. And as King alluded to in his article, perhaps this means the Yankees aren't prioritizing Major League experience as one of the criterion for the job. Hello, Marcus Thames...