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2008-10-14 09:38
by Alex Belth
Note: The Bronx Banter blog has moved to bronxbanterblog.com.

Bobby Meacham is just destined to be a hapless figure in Yankee history.

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Those of us who remember all too well his misadventures as a player in the Eighties can't be shocked by the news that Meacham has been fired as the Yankees' third base coach. Pete Abe has the details--and also links to an item by Mark Feinsand reporting that pitching instructor Rich Monteleone was canned too.

Think Tino Martinez will become a coach? Or maybe perhaps this will mark the return of Lucky Luis Sojo?

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2008-10-14 10:58:21
1.   Biscuit Pants
I would vote for Willie. Although he had his problems with a young middle infielder over in Queens, he might be a positive influence on Robbie.
2008-10-14 11:07:47
2.   thelarmis
i'm glad meachem is gone as 3B coach. pete abe makes good points about willie & bowa not being the replacements. also, that it's possible pena moves to the 3rd and we replace a coach at 1st base. somewhere - maybe here? - i remember reading that even pena might not stay with us. that would be a drag as i think he's an important coach on the club. seems like girardi may have silenced him a bit this season...

pete abe mentions sojo not being great in his last go-round of being 3rd base coach. i don't really remember. plus, he might enjoy managing in the minors...?

tino might be a good choice, but i don't think you thrust him into the role of 3rd base coach right away. 1st base would be better for him for a multitude of reasons.

i'm gonna throw out a name here that i think would be perfect: Mookie Wilson. mookie has NY experience, 1st base coach experience and managerial experience. i don't think he's affiliated with the Muts any longer and i have no idea what happened to him after managing their Brooklyn Cyclones A-Club. Mook has AL East experience playing for the Blow Jays and with his speed and baserunning prowess (<--- that just sounds good, it's possible he had a poor SB %age!), he'd have a good understanding and take great care in who he's waving home.

he's also a smart baseball mind and a good guy. not to mention unassuming and wouldn't carry the weight of ex-Yank star player and such. he'd probably relate well to both veterans and younger players. i'd love to see the Yanks bring Mookie on board as a coach!

thoughts?

2008-10-14 11:10:25
3.   thelarmis
1 willie might be content cashing his checks from the Muts next year and possibly wait for a lame-duck manager to get fired mid-season. having him on staff might be a lot of pressure on Girardi.

but yeah, other than that, he would be ideal and probably could help turn Robbie around! : )

bring in Mookie!

2008-10-14 11:14:04
4.   thelarmis
i was surprised mookie only stole 327 bases in his career. still, it's a respectable amount and he had a 76% SB rate. pretty good.

it's possible he's a truck driver now. seriously.

2008-10-14 12:16:33
5.   Alison
All I know is that I would be one happy lady to see Tino back in a Yankees uniform...
2008-10-14 12:37:28
6.   Adam B
Getting rid of Meachem for Send 'em home Sojo would be ridiculously foolish. Sojo's better off inside the dugout.
2008-10-14 12:42:12
7.   thelarmis
speaking of former Mets "stars" that weren't really that good and thinking outside the (3rd base) box, how 'bout giving ol' Wally Backman a shot.

he's apparently a great baseball managerial type mind. sure he's had plenty of off-field issues and has essentially been blackballed from MLB, but that's right up Big Stein's alley - esp former Muts who've fallen on hard times. Hank might be of the same mold. Wally really might be able to correct Cano's issues. just an idea...

2008-10-14 12:56:46
8.   nick
i fear that williamnyc wields too much influence in the Yankee organization ;-)
2008-10-14 13:33:22
9.   Chyll Will
8 If that were really the case, ol' Wall Street Will would have had this announcement on the wire right after the last pitch >;)

I dunno about Rob Thomson as 3rd base coach (he actually did make some informed decisions or good luck in Giradi's absence from the mantle), but if the scuttlebutt about Girardi's fear of a stronger coach on his tail is to be taken seriously, this team has got a lot more problems to address than who's to replace Meacham (bleah...)

If Girardi purposely surrounded himself with inferior coaches and marginalized experienced coaches to ease his own insecurities, they should pacify his fears with an immediate release, honestly. This should be about baseball, not Fortune 500 derivatives. We'll see...

2008-10-14 14:54:40
10.   Jeb
Somehow it would have been more appropriate (or symmetrical) to have just demoted Meacham to Double-A.

[to those who don't know, and I'm guessing most folks here do, as a player Meacham made an error in 1984 and was shipped down to Double-A Nashville]

http://tinyurl.com/28jgsu

2008-10-14 16:16:13
11.   Chyll Will
10 There are certainly worse places he could have been sent to:

ALABAMA
Muck City

ALASKA
Deadhorse
Eek

ARIZONA
Boneyard
Bumble Bee
Carefree
Goobertown
Nothing
Show Low
Surprise
Why

ARKANSAS
Experiment
Flippin
Greasy Corner
Grubbs
Okay
Smackover
Toad Suck (H. Irabu is pitching coach there during the regular season)
Turkey Scratch
Umpire
Weiner
Yellville

CALIFORNIA
Bummerville
Deadman Crossing
Deadwood
Doghouse Junction
Dogtown
False Klamath (I dunno, just sounds like a place he'd end up in)
Fort Dick
Freedom (if he remains optimistic)
Frying Pan
Hallelujah Junction (actually, this is 3rd Base at the New Yankee Stadium already)
Hellhole Palms
Hells Kitchen (copycats)
Igo
Last Chance
Nashville (really?)
Ono
Ragtown (he'd get used to it)
Relief (again, optimistic)
Rescue
Roads End
Secret Town (Girardi's favorite vacation spot)
Shrub (close to what he really is)
Siberia (might as well)
Skidoo
Squabbletown
Sucker Flat
Thorn
Timbuctoo (if Siberia didn't work out)
Toadtown (Irabu: "I Get Around!")
Truths Home (Yes Bobby, it's so true)
Wimp
You Bet (Pete Rose for Mayor?)

COLORADO
No Name
Parachute (Golden pastures, no doubt)
Security

GEORGIA
Between (That's where he could catch a shuttle)
Enigma
Hopeulikit
Jinks

ILLINOIS
Big Foot Prairie (Great place for clutzy infielders, I say)
Fishhook (nice catch!)
Grand Detour
Kickapoo

KENTUCKY
Crummies
Do Stop

MARYLAND
Accident
Boring

MICHIGAN
Bad Axe
Hell
Pigeon
Podunk

MINNESOTA
Embarass
Nimrod

MISSISSIPPI
D'Lo
Soso

MISSOURI
Enough
Peculiar
Reform

MONTANA
Rocky Boy

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Hell Hollow
Lost Nation

NEW JERSEY
Good Intent
Succasunna

NORTH CAROLINA
Duck
Meat Camp
Toast

OREGON
Boring
Drain
Half.com
Idiotville
Windmaster Corner (IIRC, Willie stayed there for a while)
Zig Zag

PENNSYLVANIA
Drab
Fear Not
Mars
Moon
Ono
Panic
Scalp Level
Transfer

SOUTH CAROLINA
Coward
Due West
North
South of the Border

TENNESSEE
Defeated
Difficult
Life
Nameless
Only

TEXAS
China
Cut -n- Shoot
Ding Dong
Gun Barrel City
Hoop and Holler
Humble
Little Hope
Looneyville
Oatmeal
Pointblank
Quail
Smiley
Sour Lake
Turkey
Uncertain
West

VERMONT
Mosquitoville
Notown
Moscow
Satans Kingdom

VIRGINIA
Bane
Bosses
Bumpass
Butts
Croaker
Cuckoo
Hurt
Joe Neets (He'd never be too far from Joe)
Mutt
Needmore
Nuttsville
Ordinary
Simplicity

WEST VIRGINA
Big Ugly
Crum

WISCONSIN
Imalone
Wanderoos

WYOMING
Baggs (as in, "Pack Em, Bobby, it's time ta hit da road, and don't let the door hit ya ass on the way out!")

... but I doubt Big Bank Hank or Cash would be so droll... >;)

2008-10-14 17:19:19
12.   williamnyy23
8 If only that were so. What's this about fear though? The only thing to fear is fear itself (I made that up all by myself). In all serious, Meacham was a poor 3B coach, so I see nothing wrong with him not being given a new contract (I don't believe he was fired because he only had a 1-year deal).

9 Wall Street Will...before last week, that would have been a nice alternate blog name.

2008-10-14 18:04:13
13.   Chyll Will
12 I wouldn't be so down on it... >;)

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