“That’s the Endgame”- Eric Chavez Reveals Managerial Desires After Making New York Yankees Coaching Staff

Published 12/24/2021, 8:00 AM EST


Eric Chavez spent 17 years playing in the MLB and he’s ready for his second coming. Recently hired by the Yankees as assistant batting coach, Chavez expressed keen excitement about his new role and responsibilities. And the scope for growth seems to be immense.

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Manager of the Yankees, Aaron Boone, referred to Chavez as a Swiss Army knife. Clearing up that the team does not see him limited to just his designation. In a Zoom interview, Boone mentioned that “it’s a role that can grow.”

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Addressing the gathered reporters, Boone added that he expects Chavez to have a big impact on the organization and also be a part of the hitting crew where he will always have a lot of input. To have those conversations with the guys is really important and especially with those that have done it at a high level in the batter’s box.

Chavez has distinguished independent laurels, having been a six-time Golden Glove Winner. His current engagement has though has likely come out of his Silver Slugger Award win in 2002.

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Eric Chavez Speaks Out

Chavez emphasized on the opportunity to talk to both general manager Brian Cashman, and former Yankees assistant GM, Billy Eppler prior to his appointment. He said that it was these conversations with the ‘analytics guys in New York’ that educated him in a lot of things he didn’t know about.

Stating that he was while he was extremely aware of the game from a player’s perspective, the front office angle really loomed large on his decision to take up the responsibility.

“I know the game from a player’s perspective, but then also getting to see it from the front office and getting to work with player development and the draft process, I always knew getting back on the field was going to be in my future.”

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Chavez also said that he always knew he wanted to get into management. Stating this was always on his mind since he retired as a player.

That’s kind of the endgame for me

Having retired from the D-Backs in 2014, Chavez is seems primed for this opportunity. The Yankees are in a season where after an underwhelming 2021 they intend to make a run to the World Series at the very least and Chavez seems the right move to take that forward.

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It just seemed like right now is a good time to start the clock.

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Aditya Deshingkar

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Aditya Deshingkar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. An aspiring lawyer, Aditya is a final year student of the law program at GLC. Notably, as an avid sports lover, he shares a keen interest in NBA, MLB, and Formula 1.

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