We have our new manager in Joe Girardi. Now, we need to fill the two most important coaching positions of hitting coach and pitching coach. Hence, I thought this deserved its own thread. Here are the most widely-mentioned rumors.
Jim Thome: Supposedly wants to coach but may not want to do so just yet as his kids are still young and he may want to stay in the White Sox front office until now.
Matt Stairs: Got some good press when he was the Phillies hitting coach under Mackanin but lasted only a year in San Diego.
Kevin Long: Girardi's hitting coach with the Yankees for a time would but need to be hired away from the Nationals.
Jim Presley and Alan Crockell: both worked for Girardin Miami and New York.
Dave Eiland: Girardi's pitching coach with the Yankees from 2008-10, then with the Royals from for several years including their good years from 2013-15 and then with the Mets until he got fired midseason in 2019. Obviously had success with the Royals but not the Mets.
Mickey Callaway: recently deposed Mets manager was a good pitching coach in Cleveland. Would he be willing to be a pitching coach again or will he seek a studio gig while he seeks another manager position? His career arc is strikingly similar to Kapler's--an outside the box hire to begin with, a controversial and in the end unsuccessful tenure and, heck, a nearly identical two-season record (161-163 for Kapler, 163-161 for Callaway). Kapler wants to manage again and supposedly so does Callaway.
Larry Rothschild: Phillies would need to hire him away from the Yankees.
Mike Harkey: Yankees bullpen coach who was also a part of Girardi's Yankee staff.