Yankees hire Hensley Meulens as assistant hitting coach


Bam Bam is again in The Bronx. 

The Yankees accomplished their teaching employees with the announcement on Monday that they employed Hensley Meulens an assistant hitting coach. 

He’ll work alongside new hitting coach Dillon Lawson, who was promoted from minor league hitting coordinator, and assistant hitting coach Casey Dykes, who was moved up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

The Yankees had beforehand named Eric Chavez to the place, however Chavez later left to turn into the Mets hitting coach — a risk the Yankees mentioned they had been conscious of when Chavez initially took the job. 

The 54-year-old Meulens has a protracted historical past with the Yankees, signing with the crew out of Curacao in 1985. The previous prime prospect went on to make his MLB debut with the Yankees in 1989 and performed 159 video games over 5 years with the Yankees. 

Hensley Meulens
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After his taking part in profession ended, Meulens went on to educate within the Giants’ system for 11 years — together with eight years because the crew’s hitting coach. He was additionally liable for the Giants outfield protection instruction, positioning and preparation. 

Most lately, Meulens served because the Mets bench coach for the 2020 season. 

He additionally interviewed for the Yankees managerial job in 2017 earlier than Aaron Boone was employed. 

On the time, Meulens — who speaks 5 languages — mentioned he thought-about his communication abilities one among his prime property. 

“I’m a man that likes going across the clubhouse, speaking to guys and discovering out how guys are feeling so I’ve an understanding of what’s occurring,’’ Meulens mentioned in 2017. “It’s important to perceive as a coach, you’re form of a psychologist on the similar time.” 

He additionally indicated on the time a need to return to the crew that signed him: “That is the place I grew up. My first crack at being a significant leaguer was right here. … A number of my historical past goes again right here, and I believe they might welcome me again into this surroundings.’’

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