The Yankees employed Eric Chavez understanding full properly he may by no means make it to spring coaching with them.
General supervisor Brian Cashman, talking Wednesday at a Zoom information convention to announce the historic hiring of Rachel Balkovec as supervisor of their Low-A Tampa Tarpons, stated Chavez’s resolution to go away the Yankees, who had employed him as assistant hitting coach, to turn out to be the Mets’ prime hitting coach didn’t catch the crew abruptly, nor did Cashman discover it upsetting to lose Chavez to the Yankees’ crosstown rival.
“When we hired Eric, Eric and I had conversations about opportunities that could exist moving forward,” Cashman stated. “Selfishly, we hoped they didn’t present themselves in the near term, but there were jobs open in Oakland as well as the Mets that were just getting secure. … He has ties with those organizations.”
Chavez spent the majority of his profession with the A’s and is aware of Billy Beane, their longtime head of baseball operations, in addition to new supervisor Mark Kotsay, a teammate in Oakland. And he has a relationship with new Mets common supervisor Billy Eppler from their time along with each the Yankees and Angels.
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“We talked through those options as well as, there’s a directive from Major League Baseball,” Cashman stated. “[When there are] opportunities of a higher standing, they want you to provide that upward mobility for the diversity initiatives.” Chavez’s father was born in Mexico. Hence when Eppler’s Mets got here calling, Cashman honored each his phrase to Chavez and Rob Manfred’s mandate.
Cashman stated the Yankees are “putting together a candidate list” for Chavez’s alternative and haven’t began interviewing. The new individual, Cashman added, needn’t be a former main league participant like Chavez.
As for shortstop Anthony Volpe, who loved a breakout 2021 at Class A, “There’s always the next challenge and the next level and that next level for him is to go to Double-A and hopefully get to have that type of success,” Yankees vice chairman of participant improvement Kevin Reese stated. “Just continuing on that path, work with our hitting staff, our defensive staff, and hopefully make an impact in the big leagues soon.”
Reese himself obtained a promotion. He had beforehand been the membership’s senior director of participant improvement. Said Cashman: “I think Kevin’s exceptional at what he does. … He’s a really smart, talented, thoughtful person.”