6:49pm: Meulens is remaining in San Francisco, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears. (Twitter link.) In conjunction with the other reports, that would appear to suggest that Boone is the choice.
6:10pm: New York has made its decision, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets, though it’s still not clear whether it’ll be Boone or Meulens.
5:00pm: Thomson has been informed that he will not get the job, Joel Shermanof the New York Post tweets. Likewise, Beltran has been told he’s no longer under consideration, Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports tweets.
2:42pm: It is “likely” that either Boone or Meulens will receive the nod to become the next Yankees skipper, according to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. Beltran was also among the group that “made the strongest impressions,” per the report, but Madden reasons that he is unlikely to get the job since he just wrapped up his playing career.
Meanwhile, Thomson is said to be a “leading candidate” to join the Phillies as their bench coach, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter link). WFAN’s Sweeny Murti had reported recently (via Twitter) that Thomson was interviewing with Philadelphia.
8:09am: The Yankees will not conduct any further interviews as they seek to fill their managerial vacancy, general manager Brian Cashman tells reporters (Twitter links via Ken Davidoff of the New York Post). The Yankees will not conduct a second round of interviews with the six candidates that have sat down with the team, either, Davidoff adds.
The latest development in what has been one of the lengthiest managerial searches in recent memory means that one of Rob Thomson, Hensley Meulens, Eric Wedge, Chris Woodward, Aaron Boone or the recently retired Carlos Beltran, who interviewed for the post yesterday, will be the Yankees’ new skipper. Unless Wedge is the ultimate selection for the Yankees, they’ll head into 2018 with a rookie skipper. More surprising is the fact that two of the final candidates, Boone and Beltran, have never even coached at the professional level.
To this point, none of the six has been characterized as any sort of favorite, though ESPN’s Andrew Marchand hears from two sources that Boone did quite well in his interview (Twitter links). Marchand also notes that he’s heard a positive review for Meulens and one for Beltran following their respective interviews as well.
Thomson, who served as the Yankees’ bench coach since 2015, would be a familiar choice for both the players and the front office. The Yankees may risk the possibility of losing him to another organization if he doesn’t ultimately get the managerial nod, as WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported (on Twitter) this week that Thomson was also interviewing for the Phillies’ currently vacant bench coach position.
Meulens played with the Yankees from 1989-93 and has served as the Giants’ hitting coach dating back to 2010 (including in each of San Francisco’s three World Series-winning seasons). The Curacao native speaks five languages, including Spanish, Dutch and Japanese, which would serve him well as he communicates with a diverse group of players on the Yankees’ roster.
Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09 and the Mariners from 2011-13 but hasn’t been in a big league dugout since the conclusion of that Seattle tenure. He spent two years serving as an ESPN analyst in the interim before taking a player development job with the Blue Jays prior to the 2016 season.
Woodward, the Dodgers’ third base coach, was on the Mariners’ coaching staff from 2014-15 and has been in his current position with the Dodgers since the 2016 season. He’s previously worked as a minor league infield coordinator (also with the Mariners) since retiring as a player back in 2012.
Neither Boone nor Beltran brings any field experience to the table, though that certainly doesn’t disqualify them as serious candidates for the job. Beltran only recently announced his retirement from a 20-year playing career that may very well culminate with enshrinement in Cooperstown. Boone has been a mainstay on ESPN since 2010 and enjoyed a solid 12-year playing career that included one of the most famous home runs in Yankees franchise history.
If no second round of interviews (as stated above) then the hire should be imminent.
You’d think so wouldn’t you?
It’s Bernie Williams
Way to fix something thats not broken
Don’t agree with it either but given Cashman’s track record I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on this.
YOU are so right..
Trashman just shattered them…
It’s Tino Martinez
How about the ghost of Billy Martin; but he would still get into fights with the ghost of George Steinbrenner I guess.
Pulling for Hensley Bam Bam Meulens. I’d be fine with Beltran and Thompson too.
Please god not Boone or Wedge. Wedge sucked as a manager and for some reason every time Boone speaks on ESPN I want to punch his snarky ass in the face. Loved the HR though…
I second all of this
It’s Keith Hernandez
No, it’s Keith Olbermann.
I’m hoping for Meulens to get the job with Thompson as his bench coach and Beltran as the hitting coach.
I’d also be fine with just about every other way this plays out. I’d hate to see Thompson leave the organization.
Agreed agreed agreed!
I agree, if only because I want there to be a manager known as “Bam Bam”.
Bizarre approach….when Girardi was let go, many assumed Cashman had someone ready to take the job. Then it appeared that wasn’t true. Now I’m thinking he knew all along who he wanted. Who will it be? How about a survey of readers?
It’s Strawberry D A R Y L
My guess is he wanted Raul Ibanez then had to pivot to one of several plan Bs once he wasn’t interested.
u made my day Ray!!
Bam Bam would be my preference.
My top choices, in order, are Thomson, Beltran, Muelens.
they will NEVER want Thompson, for, he will have the Giradi way of managing. They didn’t want him last time around,
and not this time..
I too hope it is BAM BAM.
It’s Carl Yasztremski
This isn’t a managerial search, this is a supervisor/“yes man” search.
They just want to manage the team from the Skybox, and dish out their order (based solely on analytics) to their lapdog “manager.”
Disagree, I think Cashman saw a potential rift developing between the players and Girardi and wanted to put an end to it before it effected play on the field.
Giriardi was essentially a “yes man” in his own right, Going to his analytical binder in every situation he could.
Wait what? How would Girardi be a Yes Man if he went to a binder that he compiled himself? Its just accessing what he would do in XYZ situation in written/typed form. So he is a Yes Man to himself? Huh?
I know, right?. Because it turned out so poorly for the Astros and Dodgers to have a manager who understands the importance of analytics.
Actually you’re wrong about that. Go and listen to the interviews of AJ Hinch, he said he managed with a mix of “gut feel” and “what he was seeing out there” and with a mix of analytics, hence Peacock’s long save in game 3 that secured them the game.
If Hinch had been managing by the “importance of analytics” as you assert, there is no way that Brad Peacock stays in for 3.2 innings…….end of story.
Furthermore, look at Hill in game 2-he got pulled after 60 pitches. Now explain why, was that analytics too?
A good manager is not always going to look at analytics, AJ Hinch is proof of being a good manager, he has a WS ring to show for it, and he outmanaged Dave Roberts.
Last but not least I would have started Kershaw in Game 7 as there was no tomorrow, but we don’t do that, do we, because the ‘analytics’ say not to, and if you have a look at the way Hinch used his pitchers in Game 7 he was not managing to analytics. Mike, you need to stay on the ‘frontdesk’ unfortunately.
It’s Luis Polonia
wasn’t funny the first time, nor the 324th time
Yes it was
Well said DJones!
I wonder if they just hire Girardi back
I was thinking the same thing. George Steinbrenner did some crazy things in his day, but even that move would make him turn over in his grave. It’s gotta be an uncomfortable feeling knowing the best man for the job is the one you just fired.
He’s the best candidate….Girardi. Was stepping on the cash-mans toes….cash-man is the real owner’s “yes man” pud.
Gonna guess Beltran based on absolutely nothing.
Since Beltran was the last interviewed and now they say no more interviews, does that mean Beltran won? Why would they say no more interviews otherwise?
The other thing I’ve heard/read is why did they interview the first 5 then have a long pause then bring him in as an indicator of the same assumption.
It’s Rick Cerone
I’m going to say it’s going to be Beltran. If there will not be a second round of interviews that usually means that they’re interested in working financials with the last guy they interviewed. That’s how I see it.
Thomson with Meulens as Bench Coach. Game experience plus a respected, multi-lingual guy who can look for a manager’s slot 3 years from now.
I have tremendous respect for Carlos Beltran. He’s my personal pick. I can realistically imagine him becoming an HOF manager with us. He’s the perfect pick in my book for a plethora of reasons.
That would give him 2 spots in the HOF
According to mlb.com Hal Steinbrenner has said all the candidates will meet with him personally in Florida. Isn’t that technically a second round of interviews?
I’m obviously in the minority but I’d like to check Boone get it and Beltran as the bench coach. Or the other way around. Beltran as manager and Boone as bench.
Boone would be a terrible manager
Based on what?
Meulens or Beltran is the way to go.
I wonder if the fact that Meulens speaks Japanese (among other languages) will factor heavily into this? It would seem to set the Yankees up nicely to make a unique pitch to Ohtani.
Yes but not solely for Otani.
It’s the combination of all 5 languages that makes him a good communicator.
Boone’s got a real shot, so long as he stays off the basketball court this offseason. One twisted knee, and it could be A-Rod all over again.
Beat me to the joke. Kudos.
It’s Dave Winfield
Its my understanding that Joe Girardi was not brought back because he and Brian Cashman. “butt heads” on too many issues. I wonder if dealing with Gary Sanchez is front and center? I would get him off that team.
Where will Joe Girardi land next?
I hope my boy Ca$h picks Meulens, then bring back Thomson and Beltran as bench coaches/advisories
They think so little of Joe Girardi that they will replace him with one of these 6?
I have a feeling it might be Wedge because of his past managerial experience .
Say the Yankees tab either Thomson or Beltran as manager, and want Muelens as a bench coach, can Muelens make that switch since he’s under contract as a bench coach in SF? I thought coaches couldn’t make lateral moves to other organizations, only promotions?
I don’t think Meulens would get permission from the Giants to leave for any other role than Manager. I hope that they reserve at least two or three positions in the staff for someone who has been around in a MLB dugout for a while and knows how to coach players (and their personalities).
I’m just happy Bam Bam is no longer the Giants hitting coach.
It’s Rob Rufsnyder…what can’t he do…?
I hear they’re going to keep the spot open until Ohtani makes a decision, because they’ve offered to let Ohtani pitch, DH and manage if he chooses the Yanks.
I read that too
Definitely won’t be Boone or Muelens
They’re the final two. Try again.
Ron Gardenhire and Rick Sofield were the “final two” for the Padres manager position two years ago.
Go ahead and stay out on that limb. It just makes you look more foolish.
Davbee…..But he is always right…just ask him.
Calm down bro. It’s not that big of a deal. I’m just pointing out that everything posted about the matter on here to this point is pure speculation. Dark horse candidates win out over the so-called “final two” all the time in these situations. Two years ago it was reported on here that the Padres’ new manager was GOING to be Gardy or Sofield and then they went with some guy who I’d never heard mentioned before so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m not convinced it will be Boone or Muelens.
Better than being always wrong like you.
Oh gee…that hurt. Point to a prediction I made that was wrong. Here is the difference. I post quotes to answer questions some have raised, some facts, and an occasional “I have a feeling that maybe this might happen” scenario. You almost always post a bottom line statement and take the “Sheldon Cooper” approach…I said it so it is right, don’t argue with me.
Have a nice day, this is my only exchange.
Boone it is.
I never said don’t argue with me. Nor did I purport to always be right. I simply posted my own prediction and highlighted the fact that this site saying it is down to two guys tells us very little. So you can stop hiding behind your snide “Have a nice day”s now 🙂
It says they “intend to hire Boone.” Those sound like carefully chosen words. Could be another Bud Black situation.
The fact that you said otherwise tells us even less. You gave us no insight as to why you thought the Boone/Mullens reports were wrong.
I gave plenty of insight as to why I gave the reports no credence. It was reported 2 years ago that it was between Rick Sofield and Ron Gardenhire for the Padres’ manager job and that the Nats job was going with Bud Black. How did those go?
So because two times in the hundreds of managerial finalist speculations over the years the information was wrong, that’s what you based your “insight” on.
That’s not insight. That’s merely being contrary based on the smallest of sample sizes.
In any case you were wrong. Admit it and move on.
Fine. Zack Greinke also signed with the Diamondbacks after it was reported for WEEKS that he was either going to the Giants or Dodgers. And I’m sure there were other instances as well. Like they have already reported that Stanton is going to either the Giants or Cardinals. I’ll take the field over either of them.
Just because the speculation on here ended up being right this time doesn’t mean it wasn’t just speculation.
If you don’t know the difference between speculation and a sourced story, then there’s no help for you. But then you just post whatever you want without even a single fact behind it. Good to know when I see your posts in the future. I’ll know how much weight to give them, which is very little.
I have to admit, when you want to look foolish, you double down.
Last post from me on this, Sheldon.
The stories saying the Padres would go with Gardy or Sofield had sources too smart guy. I included several facts in my comments but you’re just too thick to realize it. Give my comments as much weight as you see fit, but also don’t be surprised when something that has already been reported as “a lock” to happen doesn’t happen.
All the best.
Update, it came down to those two. And well, obviously Boone is now the man. But hey, what do I know?
The Padres’ managerial hunt “came down to” Ron Gardenhire and Rick Sofield. Why did neither of them get the job?
My guess- Thompson, followed by Beltran.
Since Cashman closed the search right after the Beltran interview I think he will get the job, the players love him. The Astro players gave him a lot of credit in their success.
So what happened to the nonsense with Yankees making all the serious candidates address the media? Is that not a thing anymore?
This reminds me of when the Pittsburgh Penguins fired their champion head coach, Dan Bylsma, with absolutely no plan on how to replace him.
They ended up hiring the worst coach in NHL history, Mike Johnston, who almost ruined the best player in the game, Sidney Crosby.
They fired Johnston, Crosby returned to greatness and the Penguins have won both Stanley Cups since.
So, hopefully for the Yankees sake, whoever they hire after this will be good.
It’s gonna be Ohtani! He will pitch be dh on his days off and manage. Bank on it.
Leave it to the Yankees to drag this out for publicity as long as possible
It’s gonna be Meulens, he has a relationship with Didi Gregorious and he speaks 6 languages
This whole situation is really strange. Cashman is going to come out of this a hero, or he’s going to be guided out of New York by some crazy security because I don’t know a single fan who gives much credibility to the options the Yankees are considering.
I think all of their inexperienced managerial choices aren’t that great and Wedge is not a fit on this team. Rookie managers in Boston and New York after finishing 1st and 2nd… who would have guessed? I bet Vegas would have paid 500-1 on that parlay following game 162.
It’s a good thing the Yankees don’t take fan consideration into account. If they did they’d have a new manager every month and a new third base coach every other game.
This much is true!
It will be an interesting year.
I thought the padres search was more lengthy
Yankees have been more hush hush
They interviewed a number of candidates, then it was posted on here that it was between Ron Gardenhire and Rick Sofield, then they hired Andy Green, who I had never heard of prior to the announcement that he got the job.
KEITH HERNANDEZ?! I despise him!
I don’t know if Beltran will be a good manager or not but he apparently left a good impression. This article states that he is unlikely to get the job because he just wrapped up his playing career. Did they not know that when they asked him to interview? What’s the point in interviewing him if they already have a reason(dumb one) to not hire him? A bit puzzling.
lol good point.
It’s LA Sam!!!
It’s Pete Rose
Ohtani will manage, play outfield, start every fifth day and come in to relieve when needed.
Also, GM and sell hot dogs.
I haven’t liked this so called manegirial search. All these candidates are a joke for suck a organization , these are not the Oakland As.
Meulens please. Boone would be a poor choice
PLEASE NY take Muelens! That way he won’t be around SF and the team batting average will go up by 20-30 points.
When boone is this close to a managerial career
I gotta say this has to be about the weakest field in a managerial search I’ve ever seen. Only one of them has management experience in any level. Out here in the real world there’s no way any major corporation would consider hiring even a mid-level manager who has zero management experience. Yeah, it worked out when LAD hired Dave Roberts, but at least he’d served as first base and bench coach at the major league level. I don’t care what anyone says, Girardi is gonna be a much tougher act to follow than the Yankees will ever admit.
Please let it be Mike Mathaney.
I hope boone gets it, Beltran also informed he is not getting the position.
Welp guess it’s down to Boone & Muelens…idk which is worse
Flip a coin
It’s gotta be Bam Bam.. He is a former Yankee player.. He has been groomed by Bochy and has been the rumored heir apparent to Bochy in San Francisco.. I didn’t hear of Cashman’s interest in him until his promotion with the Giants several weeks ago.. It seemed he was promoted there and then the Yankees announced his interview about a week later.. Cashman probably intended to retain Girardi but my guess would be that Hal wanted a replacement for his own reasons.. If Girardi were to take them back to the World Series next year I doubt they would be able to separate from him without severe fan backlash.. The problem he has created now is the fans expect to go deep into the playoffs next year.. Everything broke right for the Yankees and Girardi last year.. If things don’t go exactly the same or the injury bug strikes, Judge/Severino regress etc. the Yankees could easily find themselves a .500 team and Cashman will take serious heat while the loss of Girardi will be seen as the major reason for the regression.. Hal and Cashman have taken a huge risk and putting the team in the hands of someone with no coaching experience is another risk I doubt they will take..
Just my 2 cents..
I agree with most of what you say. I think Muelens is the smart choice for obvious reasons, as opposed to Boone, but who knows really what Cashman wants.
The only real thing I disagree with is that Cashman wanted Girardi gone as much at Steinbrenner did.
The Yankes have to make the playoffs next year as a division winner or else there will be a lot of second guessing about letting Girardi go
Actually the Yankees well underperformed their Pythagorean record by 10 games. According to that they should have been an 101 win team like the Indians and Astros. A little regression and they still win 95 games
Tommy Lasorda !!!
Giancarlo Stanton is going to be the Yankees next manager.
It will be….
They will then promote him to player after 1 game. He will be the Manager, Ace and Cleanup Hitter. They will sign him to a $500M deal for the next 15 years.
Please let it be Boone he puts me to sleep on Sunday night baseball.
love this point. agreed.
I’m literally the only Yankees fan I think that reads this app and wants Boone. But if Bam can’t switch organizations without a promotion. I’m now pulling for him. If we can get Muellens as manager, Boone as bench coach and Beltran as hitting coach I think that’s a good start to the staff
Can’t wait til his mistakes are called Booners.
Aaron Boone will be a terrible Major League manager.
I said Boone months ago
Nuck…How are you with Powerball numbers?
Girardi was only fired just a few days over a month ago but sure pal you “called it” many months ago. Ok. Sure.
Ok, so instead of announcing their next manager, the Yankees are gonna keep telling us who it won’t be in a process of elimination. This seems like something the Marlins would do!