Yankees third base coach Joe Espada will reportedly take over as A.J. Hinch‘s right-hand man in Houston next season, according to a report from ESPN’s Marly Rivera.

Rivera tweeted Wednesday night during game seven of the World Series that Espada will replace Alex Cora as the Astros’ bench coach. Espada has been the third base coach for the Yankees since the beginning of the 2015 season. Prior to that, he spent the 2014 season as a special assistant to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

While many Yankees fans will be happy to see Espada heading out due to his tendency to get runners thrown out at home plate, the Astros are excited about what he can bring. Espada was the third base coach for each of the last two Puerto Rican World Baseball Classic teams, where he became familiar with star shortstop Carlos Correa.

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Espada’s name was mentioned in various circles as a potential in-house candidate to take over the Yankees managerial spot. It was reported recently that he interviewed with the Astros and Red Sox for various coaching positions once the Yankees made all of their coaches available to the 29 other teams.


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