Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Meacham Will Not Return

According to Peter Abraham, 3rd base coach Bobby Meacham will not be returning to the Yankees next season. If this comes as a surprise to you than perhaps you didn't pay attention to all the running miscues he was responsible for. This is a big change in the coaching dynamic since Meacham was one of Girardi's picks, and was someone Girardi leaned heavily on for advice. Because he leaned so heavily on Meacham, he ignored Tony Pena, and several of his veteran players took issue with this. Personally, I think Meacham was not a good 3rd base coach, and I would have been surprised to see him back next season.

15 comments:

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com said...

A very good move by Cashman. Hopefully, the first of many.

Antone said...

I was at a game in August against the Royals, 1st and 2nd nobody out and Abreu singles to CF with Damon rounding third he could have scored easily, but Meacham held him up. I yell out loud.."what the hell is he doing!?" and the guy next to me says "A-Rod and Giambi are coming up with no outs" and I said "that's what I'm worried about."

Well, then A-Rod strikes out looking and Giambi grounds into a double play. The Yankees won, but the game ended up going on for 13 innings lasting 4 hours and 53 minutes.

Thanks Meacham!!

Quinn said...

its a good move not because meacham is a bad third base coach. hes only gotten three more runners thrown out. it seems as if giradi listened to meacham more than pena...

Bucky7588 said...

I really don't think the season was lost due to a third base coach, but I'm glad the brass is making these "important" decisions....

Quinn said...

what i meant there was three more runners thrown out than bowa.. sorry

Bucky7588 said...

oh no quinn i was just saying, in general the third base coach amounts to little

Fernando Alejandro said...

The third base coach amounts to nothing as long as that third base coach is not Larry Bowa. The third base coach may effect some games because of bad calls, but their true value is in how they work with the players. Bowa worked magic with Cano, Meacham did not. Bowa was well respected and liked in the clubhouse, I have yet to hear a player talk about how much they liked working with Meacham. Meacham might be okay as a coach, but just not for the Yankees.

Ed The Sports Fan said...

I hate the Yankees and I even know that their 3rd base coach is weak as hell...dammit, now they wanna make good moves.

-Ed.
www.edthesportsfan.com

Roberto Alejandro said...

actually, if we look at this objectively, Meacham is clearly the reason the Yanks haven't won since 2000.

bigjf said...

I know Girardi didn't listen to Pena, but I'm starting to think it was more because he can't understand Pena's English. Not many people can...

Roberto Alejandro said...

that's ignorant bigjf.

Quinn said...

Pena is actually a good coach... Funny story about Pena. When my dad was in college in NYC he went to boston to see a sox game. He sat next to the Pena family (while tony was catching for the sox i believe) there was an infant there, and it was pena's son who now plays for the royals i believe.. i know its irrelevant i just always thought it was a cool story. but i just would like someone who can push the young plays (cano specifically) but all in general, bowa demanded the best of cano and he was able to get it. lets try and find someone else who can do it if bowa doesnt come back

raven said...

How about Tino?

Fernando Alejandro said...

Tino would be good, but as Peter Abraham points out, Girardi probably doesn't want any popular former Yankees in his coaching staff. Every time the team struggled, they'd be calling for his replacement.

bigjf said...

Roberto, how is that ignorant? I love Pena, but have you heard him speak English? It's very difficult to understand with his accent!

In any case, Meacham was axed for more reasons than just his bad coaching at 3B, but even if he only got a few runners thrown out, he held up runner plenty when it was clear they should have been sent home. He just looked clueless.