Peter Abraham of the Lohud Yankees Blog reports Joba Chamberlain will be a starter in 2009. The quote: “The plan as of right now is Chamberlain is going to be a starter. Everybody’s pretty much in agreement with that,” Hank Steinbrenner said this.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Andy Pettite has informed the Yankees that he wants to return to the Pinstripes for at least one more year. No word on Mike Mussina’s decision yet.
George A. King III of NY Post reports that Larry Bowa is the frontrunner to be the Yankees new third base coach. Joe Girardi should not be happy if so. Here is how I take it: WARNING: ALL MANAGERS WHO DON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS ARE SUBJECT TO FIRING/BEING REPLACED…..I REPEAT BEING REPLACED
IF and I repeat IF Bowa becomes the third base coach of the yankees, I see it as a way of having a replacement for Girardi if he does poorly or if the Yankees do not make the playoffs. Smart move by the Yanks. Not so good move for Girardi.
The Yankees fired 3rd base coach Bobby Meachem yesterday after one year with the team. Meachem was criticized for repeatedly sending runners home when they would end up out at the plate. The Yankees also fired special pitching instructor Rich Monteleone.