Chad Cordero will attempt a comeback

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Former Nationals closer Chad Cordero, in D.C. to throw out the first pitch before Friday night’s game, said he intends to attempt a comeback.

Cordero retired last June after getting released by the Blue Jays. Shoulder problems wrecked his career after seasons of 47, 29 and 37 saves with the Nationals from 2005-07. He’s pitched just 14 innings since (4 1/3 in 2008 and 9 2/3 with the Jays in 2010). Cordero also dealt with the personal tragedy of losing his baby daughter to sudden infant death syndrome in 2010.

Still just 30, Cordero is aiming to pitch in winter ball and catch on with a major league team after that.

Yankees to hire Josh Bard as their new bench coach

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Aaron Boone has no experience as a coach or a manager at any level. As such, some have speculated that he’d hire a more seasoned hand as his bench coach as he begins his first season as Yankees manager. Someone like, say, Eric Wedge, who was a candidate for the job Boone got and who once managed Boone in Cleveland.

Nope. According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, he’s going with Josh Bard.

Bard, 39, was a teammate of Boone’s with the Indians in 2005. He’s not without coaching experience, having spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers’ bullpen coach, but he’s not that Gene Lamont/Don Zimmer-type we often see in the bench coach role.

Which is fine because different managers want different things from their bench coach. Some are strategy guys, helping with in-game decision making. Others are relationship guys who help managers understand all of the dynamics of the clubhouse while they’re worrying more about lineups and stuff. Others are trust guys, who can serve as the manager’s sounding board, among other things. Some are combinations of all of these things. As Feinsand notes in his story, Boone said at his introductory press conference that he’s looking for this:

“I want smart sitting next to me. I want confidence sitting next to me. I want a guy who can walk out into that room and as I talk about relationships I expect to have with my players, I expect that even to be more so with my coaching staff. Whether that is a guy with all kinds of experience or little experience. I am not concerned about that.”