Coaching Notes: Cone, Fetter, Hobbs, Hughes

There’s only one known vacancy on the Yankees staff: pitching coach. The Yankees, of course, fired Larry Rothschild with one year left on his deal as part of their complete rebuild of the team’s pitching infrastructure this offseason. This is all being overseen by Sam Briend, who was hired away from Driveline Baseball to become the Yankees’ Director of Pitching.

We’ve gotten some ideas of where the Yankees are headed with a few whispers regarding interest and interviews at this point, plus a note on the scouting side for the Yankees:

Cone Would Be Interested in Pitching Coach Job

Anyone who has watched a YES Network broadcast with David Cone providing commentary knows that he’s very clued into modern analytics in baseball, especially pitching. That’s why many fans on Twitter think the 56-year-old should make the jump from broadcast booth to taking over for Larry Rothschild as pitching coach.

A source told Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media that “Cone would listen if the team wanted to discuss the opening with him.”

Cone had been mentioned on the peripheries of the Yankees managerial search after the 2017 season and also with the ongoing Mets vacancy. It’s unclear if the team plans to interview Cone for the job at this point.

Yankees Interview Michigan Pitching Coach Fetter

The first known interviewee for the open pitching coach spot goes to University of Michigan pitching coach Chris Fetter, according to reporting from ESPN‘s Jeff Passan.

Fetter’s Michigan team was 10th in Division I baseball with a 3.46 overall staff ERA in 2019, where the Wolverines fell to college baseball powerhouse Vanderbilt in the College World Series. Fetter has many more feathers in his cap as well, having spent time as the Los Angeles Dodgers minor-league pitching coordinator and as a scout for the Los Angeles Angels.

Passan also mentioned the New York Mets have interest in Fetter, though it’s unclear whether that would be for the pitching coach role or another role as a coordinator.

Yankees Interview Arkansas Pitching Coach Hobbs

Same heading style with a very similar message: the Yankees also interviewed University of Arkansas Matt Hobbs on Wednesday, according to a report by Kendall Rogers of

Hobbs replaced former Razorbacks pitching coach Wes Johnson after the Minnesota Twins poached Johnson to become their pitching coach. Previously, Hobbs coached at Wake Forest from 2014 to 2018. He oversaw the Wake Forest program undergo a steady improvement in ERA, strikeouts, walks per nine and opponent batting average in his first three years, per his biography on the Arkansas Baseball website.

Sam Hughes Hired as New Yankees National Crosschecker

After Brian Barber left the Yankees to join the Philadelphia Phillies as their director of amateur scouting, the Yankees hired away Chicago Cubs national crosschecker Sam Hughes to take on the same role with the Yankees.

Hughes is the son of Gary Hughes, a scout termed “legendary” by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

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