Breaking: Yankees name Josh Bard their new bench coach

With the managerial position taken care of, it was only a matter of time until the rest of the Yankees coaching staff was filled in. The first new member of the staff to join Aaron Boone will be the 39-year-old bullpen coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Josh Bard.
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Bard does not have any managing experience, which is a tad surprising since Boone also lacks experience. However, the Yankees believe Rothschild’s former managing experience could fill that role.

Bard was a teammate of Aaron Boone with the Cleveland Indians and had a steady career primarily as a backup catcher from 2002-2011. Bard will provide an instant connection within the Yankees coaching staff and will also bring experience from a team that just made it to the World Series.

Being a catcher, he could be an integral mentor for Gary Sanchez.

More than anything this hiring shows the Yankees are not afraid to take risks with the coaching decisions and are applying the youth movement to both sides of the game.

For what it is worth, Bard used to catch CC Sabathia on the Indians. 

Article by: Ryan Thoms


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