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New York Yankees Coaching Staff 2023

By Roshan Khatiwada / 9 June 2023 06:30 AM

Aaron is in his sixth season as the manager of the Yankees
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New York Yankees coaching staff 2023 covers Aaron Boone as manager. Carlos Mendoza is the bench coach and Dillon Lawson works as a hitting coach on the team.

The Yankees were established in 1903 as the New York Highlanders. The name was later changed during the 1913 season when new owners took over the baseball team.

They are the most successful franchise in the history of the major league, winning twenty-seven World Series titles, the most by any franchise in MLB Further, they have won twenty divisional titles and forty American League pennants.

The baseball team has produced some of the greatest players the sport has ever seen, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Don Mattingly, and Derek Jeter. Aaron Judge, Anthony Rizoo, and Jose Trevino are some of the top talents in the team currently.

The New York team plays their home games at the Yankees Stadium.

New York Yankees Coaching Staff

NY Yankees Coaching Staff 2023 consist of Mike Harkey and Matt Blake. Harkey is the bullpen coach, whereas Blake is the pitching coach for the New York team.

Mike is on his second sting with the franchise after spending six seasons from 2008 to 2013 before returning in 2016. Matt has been with the team since the 2019 season.

Here is the list of all the coaching staff members of the Yankees:

  • Aaron Boone - Manager
  • Carlos Mendoza - Bench Coach
  • Dillon Lawson - Hitting Coach
  • Casey Dykes - Assistant Hitting Coach
  • Brad Wilkerson - Assistant Hitting Coach
  • Matt Blake - Pitching Coach
  • Desi Druschel - Assistant Pitching Coach
  • Travis Chapman - First Base Coach
  • Luis Rojas - Third Base Coach
  • Mike Harkey - Bullpen Coach
  • Tanner Swanson - Quality Control and Catching Coach

Aaron Boone - Manager

Boone is a former major league player who spent twelve seasons playing for six teams, including the Yankees. Aaron finished his career in 2009 with 126 home runs and 555 RBIs at an average of .263.

Mike was signed as a first round draft selection by the Chicago Cubs scout Gene Handley
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After retiring, the former player became an analyst for ESPN network and gave his voice to the Sunday Night Baseball program. He began his managerial career by signing with the Yankees at the beginning of the 2018 season.

The manager has a record of 463-306 and has guided the team to the postseason every season, including one wildcard berth. However, Boone is yet to drive the Yankees to the World Series.

Matt Blake - Pitching Coach

Blake, a former college-level Holy Cross Crusaders baseball player, began coaching in 2009. His first assignment was the role of a pitching coach for Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.

Blake (right) with Alan Jaeger (left), the founder of Jaeger Sports that works on development of mental and physical strength of athletes
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The coach joined the Yankees as an associate scout for the Yankees in 2010 before joining the Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League during the 2015 season.

Matt then worked for the Indians as a lower-level pitching coordinator and assistant director of pitching development in 2016. The Yankees hired him as their pitching coach on November 7, 2019.

Mike Harkey - Bullpen Coach

Harkey is a former right-handed pitcher who played for eight seasons in the majors. He finished his career with a record of 36-36, accumulating 316 strikeouts at an ERA of 4.49.

The former pitcher started coaching at the start of the 2000 baseball season as the coach of Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, a minor league team.

The Yankees manager Boone posing after a workout using his Tonal
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He worked as a coach for four more minor league teams before joining the Marlins as their bullpen coach in 2006. Harkey joined the Yankees in 2009, helping the bullpen play a significant role in winning the World Series title that season.

After serving the team for six seasons, he left for the Diamondbacks to become their pitching coach in 2014. Mike then returned to the Yankees in 2016 as a bullpen coach for the franchise.

Hitting Coach

Yankees hitting coach 2023 is Dillon Lawson. He is a former college baseball player who played as a first baseman and catcher for Transylvania University.

The former player began his coaching career after graduating when he became a coach at Lindenwood University in 2007. After coaching Lindenwood for two years, he joined IMG Academy for the next two. 

Here is a list of teams he coached before joining the Yankees:

  • Lindenwood University - 2007 - 2009
  • IMG Academy - 2010 - 2011
  • Morehead State University - 2011 - 2012
  • Southeast Missouri State University - 2012 - 2015
  • Tri-City ValleyCats - 2016
  • University of Missouri - 2017
  • Quahadities River Bandits - 2018

Dillon joined the Yankees organization after the 2018 season as a minor league hitting coordinator. He was promoted as the hitting coach of the major league squad after the 2021 season. 

Lawson joined the Yankees organization before the start of the 2019 major league season
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Casey Dykes and Brad Wilkerson are the assistant hitting coach of the franchise and help Dillon to improve the team's offense. Dykes joined the franchise in September 2019 as a hitting coach for the Yankees minor league affiliate and got promoted after the 2021 season.

On the other hand, Wilkerson, a former major league player, joined the team at the start of the 2023 season. Brad was an assistant for the Jacksonville Dolphins baseball team before joining the winningest team in major league history.

Yankees hitting coaches are a big part of the franchise's success but have faced some challenges in the ongoing season. Many of the team's star players have spent time on the injured list, including the captain, Aaron Judge.

However, they have seen positive signs as well from their offense. After returning from his injury, the judge was in red hot form, smashing thirteen home runs in the last thirty days.

Bench Coach

Yankees bench Coach 2023 is the former minor league player Carlos Mendoza. He played as an infielder for thirteen seasons in MiLB.

Carlos joined the franchise in 2009 as a coaching staff member of State Island Yankees, a minor league affiliate team. He then joined Charleston RiverDogs the following year.

He then went on to manage Gulf Coast League Yankees during the 2011 season finishing third in the league with a record of 37-23. The team went on to become the league champions that year.

Carlos Mendoza (right) taking a picture with a fan at the Estadio Universitario stadium
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Mendoza returned to Charleston, but this time as a manager in 2012 and guided the team to fourth place in the South Atlantic League with a record of 73-63. He then became the roving defensive instructor for the franchise after that season.

Carlos was promoted as an infield coach for the major league squad after the 2017 season. He is also known for his rituals and superstitions before, during, or after the game.

According to YES Network baseball announcer Michae Kay, Carlos tosses forty sunflower seeds in the grass behind the home player before each game at the Yankees Stadium.

First Base Coach

Yankees first base coach Travis Chapman is a former major league player. He was part of the Philadephia Phillies side briefly during the 2003 season.

Travis began his playing career playing college baseball for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. He then went on to play collegiate summer baseball at Cape Cod Baseball League with Orleans Cardinals in 1998.

Phillies drafted him during the 2000 MLB draft in the seventeenth round. His first professional season was with Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League, the Class-A affiliate of the major league team.

Chapman is a former minor league player, who was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies
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He got promoted to the major league on September 2, 2003, and appeared in one game before being sent back to the minor league. Chapman spent seven seasons in the minors playing for affiliates of teams like the Royals, Reds, and Pirates.

Chapman began his coaching career by becoming the coach of Charleston RiverDogs, the farm team of the Yankees in 2018. He spent multiple years coaching the franchise's minor league teams.

After the 2021 season, he was promoted to the major league's first base and infield coach.

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