Listening to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and new manager Aaron Boone discuss what they are looking for in a bench coach, it’s not necessary the choice has to be an old head who has seen everything. “I just hired a manager without actual managing experience. I do take great comfort in having Larry Rothschild down there. He is one of the best pitching coaches in the game and a former manager,’’ Cashman said. “He served under some of the best managerial people in the game, Lou Piniella obviously in Chicago, Jim Leyland in Miami and Joe Girardi. I think Larry has a lot to offer.’’ Boone, who will wear uniform No. 17, referenced Rothschild — who managed the Rays from 1998-2001 — when asked if a former manager was necessary to guide a rookie on the bench. “We already have Larry Rothschild so that is all kind of experience [43 years as a player, coach and manager],’’ Boone said. “Experience is certainly a factor and something that should be of value, but it’s not the end-all for me and not a prerequisite. “I want smart sitting next to me. I want confidence sitting next to me. I want a guy who can walk out into that room and as I talk about relationships I expect to have with my players, I expect that even to be more so with my coaching staff. I want smart guys capable of connecting and impacting players. Whether that is guys with all kinds of experience or little experience, I am not concerned about that.’’ Rothschild, the Yankees’ pitching coach for the past seven years, is the only coach officially announced. It appears bullpen coach Mike Harkey will return. And Carlos Mendoza and Reggie Willits, minor league coordinators, are being considered for spots on Boone’s staff. The status of hitting coaches Alan Cockrell and Marcus Thames and first-base coach Tony Pena hasn’t been revealed.
What Aaron Boone wants from his right-hand man
New York Post | Dec 7