Hensley Meulens

Reports: Giants' Meulens falls short in Yankees' managerial search


Reports: Giants' Meulens falls short in Yankees' managerial search

Hensley Meulens will continue to wait his turn. 

The Giants' bench coach has not been chosen to be the Yankees' next manager, according to multiple national reports. 

Meulens was a finalist for the position. In the end, the Yankees will go with Aaron Boone, who played third base for New York in 2003. 

Meulens, 50, joined the Giants' big league coaching staff as the team's hitting coach in 2010 and has stayed at the position through the 2017 season. The Giants shuffled their coaching duties this offseason and named Meulens their bench coach. 

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Giants helped facilitate Meulens' interview with Yankees


Giants helped facilitate Meulens' interview with Yankees

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants moved Hensley Meulens to bench coach last month in part so that their former hitting coach could prepare for a future as a manager. The front office helped Meulens make that push in other ways, too. 

Because he is under contract with the Giants, Meulens is technically not allowed to throw himself into the running for open managerial jobs, but on a conference call with reporters Thursday, he said the Giants organization helped set him up to interview for the open Yankees job. Meulens met with Yankees management on Thursday in New York in a bid to be named the replacement for Joe Girardi. 

“The Giants want to see a few of us in managing situations,” Meulens said, noting that the same has been done for Ron Wotus. “The organization found a way to let people know we’re available or interested.”

For Meulens, Thursday morning's interview was a dream come true. He broke into baseball with the Yankees and said the organization taught him what it means to be a winner. To prepare for the interview, he turned to friends around the game who are familiar with coming out on top, especially in heated battles for the limited managerial jobs in Major League Baseball. Meulens said he talked to current managers Don Mattingly, Dave Roberts, Jeff Bannister and Torey Lovullo about the best way to prepare for such an important interview, and he also reached out to longtime manager Dusty Baker. 

Meulens got a dry run of sorts earlier in the offseason. He said he interviewed for the Detroit Tigers job when it became available, and his conference call with Yankees reporters showed that he was certainly well prepared for one of the most pressure-packed jobs in sports. Meulens repeatedly hammered home the fact that communication is a strength of his. Girardi was reportedly let go in part because his rapport with players was considered to be a weakness. 

“I’m somebody that’s ready to take the challenge and bring new positive energy on a daily basis, and also connect with everybody on the roster,” Meulens said. 

Meulens expanded on his past work with Yankee Didi Gregorius, a fellow native of Curacao, and he mentioned the Giants several times. In discussing his work with Gregorius during the World Baseball Classic, he compared him to Brandon Crawford, who made similar swing changes to improve against left-handed pitchers. When asked what separates him from other candidates, Meulens repeatedly noted his long history with winning, from his four minor league titles with the Yankees to his three rings with his current employer. 

“I was groomed to be a winner,” Meulens said. “All my career, I’ve won a bunch, and that never changes. Every day I put on my uniform, I come to the park to win the ballgame. Nothing against (any of the other candidates), but I have a drive for that.”

Report: Meulens to interview with Yankees for managerial position


Report: Meulens to interview with Yankees for managerial position

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants have always viewed Hensley Meulens as a candidate to be a manager one day. His old team appears to view him that way, too. 

Meulens will be part of the next round of interviews held by the New York Yankees, according to the New York Post. The Yankees are looking for a replacement for Joe Girardi, who was let go as manager after taking the team to the ALCS. Per the Post, the search has been suspended for a few days because executives are in Orlando for the annual GM Meetings. 

Meulens was recently moved from hitting coach to bench coach, and the Giants believe that will help him prepare for a future role. During a conference call last week, manager Bruce Bochy said he'll lean on Meulens, who takes over for Ron Wotus. 

"Bam Bam is going to be in a place that he's kind of been wanting to head to, that being bench coach and managing," Bochy said. "He'll be a nice pin cushion for me as we go through the season. Like with all changes that are being made, we'll get new ideas and a different perspective. I know he's excited about it."

Meulens has made no secret of his desire to get the big chair one day, and he interviewed with several teams after World Series runs. He brings plenty to the table, including successful stints as manager of the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and a varied background that has him speaking five languages. 

Meulens played five seasons for the Yankees during a seven-season MLB career.