Girardi unveils 2009 coaching staff
New addition Kelleher named Yankees' third-base coach
NEW YORK -- The Yankees officially announced their coaching staff for the upcoming season on Thursday, adding Mick Kelleher to the mix and returning five members of last year's staff -- albeit with two of them in new roles.
Kelleher, 61, will join the big club as the first-base coach, after spending three seasons as the team's roving infield instructor. He will join third-base coach Rob Thomson, bench coach Tony Pena, pitching coach Dave Eiland, hitting coach Kevin Long and bullpen coach Mike Harkey on the staff.
"Mick is someone I love," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think Mick is an outstanding teacher of infield. He has a ton of experience. He's a very good first-base coach."
Kelleher also served as a first-base coach with the Tigers from 2003-05, and with the Pirates in 1986. Formerly the Yankees' roving defensive coordinator, Kelleher has also held Minor League coaching jobs in San Diego, Milwaukee and Chicago, where he originally worked with Girardi. Due to his role with the Yankees over the past three years and the latter half of the last decade, Kelleher already boasts ample experience working with the team's infielders.
"Mick has a relationship with all these guys," Girardi said. "He's taught guys like Robby Cano and Derek Jeter as they've come through the system."
With Kelleher now occupying his old spot in the first-base coach's box, Pena will move alongside Girardi on the bench. A big league manager with the Royals from 2002-05 -- and the American League's Manager of the Year in 2003 -- Pena had served as the Yankees' first-base coach for the past three seasons.
A catcher over 18 big league seasons, Pena has worked with Jorge Posada on his defense in recent years.
"Tony brings managerial experience, as well, and I think that's important," Girardi said. "He has played a lot of baseball in his lifetime."
Former bench coach Thomson will become the third-base coach, taking the spot of Bobby Meacham, whose contract the Bombers did not renew. Thomson has now been in the Yankees organization for two decades, holding Minor League jobs as a coach and manager, field coordinator, director of player development and vice president of Minor League development, along with big league jobs as a special assignment instructor and the Major League field coordinator.
Eiland and Harkey will return for their second seasons in their respective roles; Long, for his third.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.