As the New York Yankees get set to embark on one of their most pivotal offseasons in recent history, the team has filled the last remaining hole on Aaron Boone’s coaching staff. Per a report in the New York Post, New York is set to hire former Tigers and Angels manager Brad Ausmus as its new bench coach, replacing Carlos Mendoza, who left earlier this month to become manager of the crosstown Mets.
I can report now that Ausmus was hired to be the Yankees bench coach. https://t.co/ndQtjJtrmO— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 21, 2023
Ausmus, 54, began his professional career with the Yankees, who selected him in the 48th round of the 1987 amateur draft. He was later poached by the Colorado Rockies in the 1992 expansion draft and would go on to play 18 big-league seasons with four teams from 1993-2010. He’d long been pegged as a future manager or executive, and sure enough, he pivoted into a front-office role with the San Diego Padres following his playing career. He parlayed that into managerial stints with the Tigers (2014-17) and Angels (2019), leading Detroit to a single playoff appearance in 2014. He has a career 314-332 (.486) record as manager, and most recently served as bench coach for the stripped down Oakland Athletics in 2022.
Earlier this month, chairman Hal Steinbrenner said there would be “big changes” after the Yankees went 82-80 and missed the postseason in 2023. This certainly won’t qualify, and will likely only lead to more grumbling from Yankees fans desperate for some kind of splash. Ausmus joins new hitting coach James Rowson as the only known changes within the organization thus far. Ultimately, though, a new bench coach will only help so much. The Yankees have several glaring weaknesses to address this offseason, most notably their lack of reliable left-handed bats, and there’s only one way for Brian Cashman and Co. to turn the vibes around in the Bronx.