George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have fired hitting coach Jeff Pentland.
“I am not coming back,’’ Jeff Pentland told The Post Sunday from Arizona. “When I signed, I was told it was probably a one-year deal. That was always in the back of my mind, but we didn’t look too good the last month. It’s the Yankees, that’s the best way to describe it. I have no regrets.’’
The Yankees averaged 4.72 runs per game during the 2015 regular season, the second-highest mark in baseball. However, as Pentland alluded to, the Yankees’ offense fizzled in the second half, going from 5.5 runs per game in July to 4.7 in August and 4.2 in September and October.
Pentland, 69, took over as hitting coach for Kevin Long, who joined the Mets. The Yankees’ successor to Pentland, whoever it may be, will be their third hitting coach in as many years. King suggests Alan Cockrell, Raul Ibanez, James Rowsen, and Marcus Thames could be considered for the opening.
King notes that bullpen coach and catching instructor Gary Tuck is also not being brought back for the 2016 season.