How Good Was Eric Chavez, New York Yankees’ New Hitting Coach?

Published 12/22/2021, 1:21 PM EST


While they are restricted from spending any money on players, New York Yankees are optimizing their coaching staff. Yankees made some significant changes in their coaching staff, including the addition of Eric Chavez.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Notably, Eric is a former Yankees player, while he has also played for some other top franchises during his career. Here is an analysis of Eric’s outing as a player.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Eric Chavez’s outing as a baseball player

After missing their ticket to World Series in 2021, the Yankees are strategizing to overcome the past disappointments in the 2022 season. In order to do so, they not only need top players but also promising coaching staff.

Amidst the lockout, Yankees added former player, Eric Chavez, as the assistant hitting coach. Eric would work in coordination with hitting coach Dillon Lawson. Looking back at Eric’s rewarding professional career, he has played for Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks, apart from Yankees. Remarkably, during his outings, he earned six Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger Award.

From 1998 to 2014, he smashed 260 home runs, secured 908 RBI’s, and had a WAR of 38.3. While in his off-field career, Eric has experience being the special assignment scout to Yankees’ Brian Cashman, and special assistant to Los Angeles Angels GM, Billy Eppler. Hopefully, his addition to the Yankees coaching staff would be fruitful for the team.

Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone (17) pulls starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox in the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Other Notable changes in New York Yankees coaching staff

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman had already announced he wants to follow the industry trend of having three hitting and pitching coaches, and the front office has made the changes accordingly.

Yankees named Matt Blake as the pitching coach, alongside Desi Druschel as the assistant pitching coach, and Mike Harkey as the bullpen coach. While Dillon Lawson is the hitting coach, with assistant hitting coach Eric and Casey Dykes. Lastly, Travis Chapman will be the first-base and infield coach. What are your thoughts on the new Yankees coaching staff, especially the addition of New York Yankees’ former player Eric?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

 

DIVE DEEPER

With Carlos Correa Gone, Stats Predict Next Major Star for Houston Astros in MLB 2022 Season

about 1 month ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Shreya Verma

564 articles

Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT