Ex-Yankee takes over as manager for Rockies’ MiLB affiliate

: Former New York Yankees player Bobby Meacham has been named the new manager of the Hartford Yard Goats, the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

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Bobby Meacham, a former New York Yankees infielder, has been appointed as the fifth manager in the history of the Hartford Yard Goats, reports Fox Sports. The ex-Yankees player has worked as a staff coach for numerous minor league teams and gained experience in the field before joining the Colorado Rockies organization.

Meacham, who previously played shortstop for the Yankees, will bring his experience to Dunkin’ Park for the upcoming 2024 season.

Meacham transitioned from his role as the bench coach for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, in 2023.

Wearing pinstripes: Meacham’s Yankees years

Bobby Meacham’s six years with the Yankees were marked with many ups and downs. Meacham started being traded in 1982, and quickly rose through the ranks, earning a starting spot by the end of his first season. Despite limited playing time in 1984, he led the league in sacrifice hits.

The ups and downs started in 1985 when Meacham became the regular shortstop, but his batting average remained low. A bizarre double-play gaffe with Dale Berra became a memorable yet unfortunate highlight.

The Yankees acquired replacements for Meacham, leading to him bouncing between the majors and minors. Injuries and inconsistent play further strained his relationship with owner George Steinbrenner.

In 1988, Meacham was traded to the Texas Rangers, marking the end of his Yankees tenure. Although not a star, his journey showcases professional baseball’s complexities, filled with promise and unfulfilled potential.

Bobby Meacham’s ahead at the minor-league club

Bobby Meacham, a former Yankees player and coach, is set to take the helm as the new manager of the Hartford Yard Goats. A seasoned coaching staff will join him: Dan Meyer as pitching coach, Zach Osborne as hitting coach, and Luis Lopez returning as bench coach. The Yard Goats’ General Manager, Mike Abramson, expressed enthusiasm about Meacham’s appointment, noting his community ties and extensive baseball experience.

Meacham, 63, boasts a rich history in the sport. Before transitioning to coaching, he played shortstop for the New York Yankees from 1983 to 1988. His coaching journey spans across multiple levels of baseball, including Major League Baseball teams like the Florida Marlins, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies. Meacham also managed the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, where he competed against the Yard Goats in the Eastern League from 2014 to 2016.

In the wake of Meacham’s arrival, former Yard Goats manager Chris Denorfia has been promoted to a new role with the Colorado Rockies. Denorfia, a native of Connecticut, will now serve as the outfield and base running coordinator for the Rockies.

The Yard Goats are scheduled to officially introduce Meacham as their new manager in a press conference at Dunkin’ Park in Hartford on February 7 at 12:30 p.m. The event marks a significant moment for the team and its fans, heralding a new era under Meacham’s leadership.

As the team gears up for the 2024 season, their first game is slated against the Portland Sea Dogs on April 5, followed by their home opener against the Bowie Baysox on April 9. Fans eager to catch the action can secure single-game tickets for all home games starting February 9 at 10 a.m., either online through the Yard Goats website, over the phone, or in person at the Dunkin’ Park box office.

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