While everybody was watching the divisional round of the NFL playoffs, the Yankees made the news hiring two hitting coaches for the first time in franchise history according to a report by Jack Curry of YES Network. The Yankees hired Jeff Pentland as the teams next hitting coach, and Alan Cockrell as an assistant coach.
Pentland, 68, previously served as the hitting coach for the Cubs, Mariners, Royals, Marlins, and Dodgers. Cockrell appeared in the major leagues for nine games with the Rockies in 1996 hitting .250 with two RBI. He served as the Rockies hitting coach twice, and was in the same role for the Mariners in 2009 and 2010.
Kevin Long served as the Yankees hitting coach for the past seven seasons, but he was hired by the Mets in October.
It still remains to be seen if general manager Brian Cashman will make a big move to upgrade the starting rotation. James Shields, and Max Scherzer are still free agents.