Yankees welcome former all-star player as their new hitting coach

Former Pirates player Sean Casey was hired as the new Yankees Hitting Coach.

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According to sources confirmed by ESPN, the New York Yankees have enlisted Sean Casey as their new hitting coach. The news was initially reported by the New York Post. Casey, a former three-time All-Star player with a .302 career batting average over 12 seasons, will assume the position for the remainder of the season to determine if he wishes to continue in the role.

What makes Sean Casey a piece of good news for the Yankees?

Currently, Casey works as an analyst for MLB Network. The Yankees made the decision to dismiss hitting coach Dillon Lawson after their 7-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs, marking the end of the team’s first half. Casey, 49 years old, had previously played alongside Yankees manager Aaron Boone when they were both members of the Cincinnati Reds from 1998 to 2003.

The Yankees have been struggling with their batting performance, ranking 28th out of 30 major league teams with a .231 batting average. Only the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics have lower averages. Since Aaron Judge suffered a ligament injury in his right big toe on June 3, the team’s batting average has dropped to a league-worst .218 in 31 games.

As a result, the Yankees have gone 14-17 and find themselves in fourth place in the AL East with a 49-42 record heading into the All-Star break. Lawson’s dismissal represents the first in-season coaching change for the Yankees since July 1995 when Nardi Contreras replaced Billy Connors as pitching coach on Buck Showalter’s staff.

The Yankees struggle to find consistency in recent games

Yankees are going to face the Cubs, on friday night, July 7th, 2023.
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As the season reached its halfway point, the Yankees faced challenges with several key players’ performances. Giancarlo Stanton has struggled with a .203 batting average. At the same time, Anthony Rizzo, who suffered a neck injury from a collision on May 28, has recorded a .168 average with no home runs and seven RBIs since then.

Josh Donaldson has a batting average of .152, and DJ LeMahieu, who dealt with a toe injury in September and missed the playoffs, has a .220 average after struggling in the previous season.

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2 thoughts on “Yankees welcome former all-star player as their new hitting coach

  1. Lets get something straight rite “Off The Bat” !!!. It’s good to have Sean Casey aboard but, it’s not gonna save the Yankee Ship from sinking this seasons .
    Hey Hal…That’s The Least Of Your Problems . U need to Oust the main source of your problem !!!. The 3 Blind Mice … See how they run . (Cashman, Levine, Boone the Goon) …

  2. Any new hitting coach will be a puppet of Cashman and analytics dept. Casey will find that out real soon.
    The Yanks philosophy of exit velo and launch angle will continue with a new face on it. Expect to continue to see loads of strikeouts, zero situational hitting and low batting averages. As long as Yanks hit 3 to 4 HRS a game they’ll win games but, as usual, they’ll be a quick knockout in playoffs.

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