The Ascent of Donnie Baseball

Newsday reports today that Don Mattingly, the very personification of Yankeedom, will replace Lee Mazzilli (who, let’s face it, was always a Met at heart) as bench coach and presumptive heir apparent to Joe Torre. Time to start reading your tea leaves. Where does this leave Joe Girardi, who watched Sweet Lou take the Cubs job and has already turned down the Washington post? Hmmm.

7 comments… add one
  • Now what happens to Mazzilli? Is he given another coaching job with the team or does he move on?

    Zachary A. October 27, 2006, 11:08 am
  • Thrilled for Donnie, always my favorite athlete as a kid.
    Bigger question for the Yanks, is who the hell becomes hitting coach? That position was a bit of a revolving door in the years before Mattingly took the job: Chambliss, Denbo, Down.

    YFinBeantown October 27, 2006, 11:11 am
  • It’s an interesting question SFB. Candidates for the hitting job, according to the newsday piece, include tim raines and chili davis, both solid citizens from the late 90s run. But the leading candidate appears to be kevin long, triple-a hitting coach, about whom i know nothing. anybody have the 411 on mr. long?

    Anonymous October 27, 2006, 11:27 am
  • If it means the Mattingly Curse continues, I’m all for it ;-)

    Paul SF October 27, 2006, 12:01 pm
  • WFAN since yesterday has been saying that Girardi was going back to YES for the year.

    walein October 27, 2006, 1:36 pm
  • How about the Sox bring on Girardi in some position as an heir to Tito? Tito’s health has been an issue, and this would give him both a talented guy as an aide and a possible replacement if he should have new setbacks.

    SF October 27, 2006, 7:51 pm
  • yo, i heard girardi is taking a year off baseball and becoming like a commentator/broadcaster
    thats what i heard on FOX

    yankeeboy October 27, 2006, 8:36 pm

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