Today @yankees announce 2016 coaching staff. Mike Harkey to return as bullpen coach. Tony Pena will coach catchers in addition to 1st base.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) November 16, 2015
Mike Harkey's name was thrown out as a potential Gary Tuck replacement almost immediately, and the team made his return official a few hours ago with this tweet. In addition to this move and the responsibilities of catching coach being reassigned to Tony Pena, the Yankees made official the returns of Larry Rothschild, Rob Thomson, and Joe Espada, and the hitting coach promotions for Alan Cockrell and Marcus Thames. The full 2016 big league coaching staff is set.
Last offseason the Yankees waited a long time to replace the departed Kevin Long. Not this offseason. They were quick to make decisions on who they were letting go and quick to announce the new guys to replace them. Good. One more check in the box on the offseason to-do list and one less thing to worry about heading into the heart of hot stove season.