After 26 years, Yankees GM hires Casey as new hitting coach

Sean Casey, 49, has been named the New York Yankees’ new hitting coach.

ESPN reported the news of Casey’s appointment on Nov. 11 (ET). In a statement released by the team, Casey said, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make an impact on the second half of the lineup,” adding, “The Yankees have a lot of professional hitters. I look forward to working with them and working toward the same goals. I’ve already spoken with (assistant hitting coaches) Brad Wilkerson and Casey Dykes.”안전놀이터

The Yankees fired hitting coach Dylan Lawson the day before. The team was batting .213 in the first half of the season, 28th out of 30 teams in the big leagues. The decision was notable because of the Yankees’ unique “culture. “This is the first time Yankees GM Brian Cashman has fired a coach in-season in his 26-year career,” Yahoo Sports reported. ‘It’s no secret that I’ve been reluctant to change coaching staffs in-season in the past,’ Cashman said in a statement, adding, ‘I believe success and failure is a team effort. However, ultimately, I felt it was time for a change,” explaining the reasoning behind Lawson’s dismissal.

Sean Casey during his time in Cincinnati. Getty Images

Casey, who made his big league debut in 1997, has a 12-year career (1405 games) batting average of .302 (5066-for-1531) with 130 home runs and 735 RBIs. He was named a National League (NL) All-Star in 1999, 2001, and 2004. He had a career year in 1999 when he batted .332 with 25 home runs and 99 RBIs, finishing 14th in NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) voting that year.

He and Yankees manager Aaron Boone played together on the Cincinnati Reds from 1998 to 2003. In his final season, in 2008, he played for the Yankees’ rival Boston Red Sox. After retiring, Casey worked as an analyst for MLB Network, according to ESPN. “I know Boone well and have a lot of respect for him as a manager,” he said.