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Two months later, the Yankees still don’t have a hitting coach

Don Mattingly, Jeff Pentland

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, right, watches his team as he talks to batting coach Jeff Pentland in the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Saturday, May 21, 2011. The White Sox won 9-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


It’s been two-and-a-half months since the Yankees fired longtime hitting coach Kevin Long and they still haven’t named a replacement.

Long was quickly snatched up by the Mets for the same gig, but the Yankees apparently did not have a clear-cut choice in mind to take his spot. According to Kevin Davidoff of the New York Post they’ve “discussed internally the possibility of hiring veteran hitting coach Jeff Pentland.”

Pentland is 68 years old and hasn’t been a hitting coach since 2011, when the Dodgers fired him. However, he has a lengthy track record as a hitting coach with numerous teams, including coaching Yankees manager Joe Girardi when he was a catcher for the Cubs.

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