HOUSTON — We’ve arrived at a wierd juncture in baseball’s evolution, the place, if the Yankees truly did rent somebody with any managing expertise — even minor league, not to mention main league — they’d be the exception to the brand new rule.
So if we disqualify (or at the very least reduce) managing expertise from the listing of requirements, who checks probably the most remaining bins?
Raul Ibanez checks fairly a couple of. In any case, the Yankees ought to contemplate him as a critical candidate so long as he’s . Truly, given the quantity of occasions Brian Cashman has reached out to Ibanez for a reunion since Ibanez’s pleasurable 2012 in pinstripes, and given the qualities that Cashman seems to be prioritizing in his seek for Joe Girardi’s successor, it might be shocking if the Yankees’ common supervisor didn’t ponder Ibanez.
Take a look at the supervisor hires made to date this winter: The Tigers went previous-faculty, bringing of their former AL Central rival Ron Gardenhire, who led the Twins from 2002 via 2014. Then the Mets employed Mickey Callaway and the Purple Sox Alex Cora, neither of whom has managed knowledgeable recreation. On Sunday, the Nationals reportedly employed Dave Martinez, who shares Callaway’s and Cora’s full lack of a monitor report, whereas the Phillies reportedly employed Gabe Kaplan, who managed one season within the low minor leagues.
Now, Callaway and Martinez each spent a number of years as main league coaches, and Cora is ending up his one season because the Astros’ bench coach earlier than shifting to Boston. Ibanez hasn’t spent a day in uniform since his 2014 retirement as a participant, selecting as an alternative to prioritize time together with his household. He can overcome that deficiency, assuming he’s prepared to return to baseball full-time, for a lot of causes. Listed here are a couple of:
1) He hasn’t been a coach, however he has been a “coach.” In his ultimate years as a participant, Ibanez naturally took it upon himself to assist youthful gamers. Members of the pennant-profitable 2014 Royals pointed to a gamers-solely assembly Ibanez referred to as because the season’s turning level. That postseason, from the AL Division Collection onward, Ibanez wasn’t lively however sat on the bench, working as a “cheerleader,” in his phrases — and viewing these most essential video games from a unique perspective.
2) He’s bilingual. Born in New York (not a nasty contact for the narrative) and rising up in Miami because the son of Cuban emigres, Ibanez speaks each Spanish and English comfortably. How good it will be for Child…