Former Reds fan-favorite rumored to join Yankees coaching staff

The New York Yankees fired their hitting coach over the weekend.

SeanCasey in 2015 MLB All-Star Legends And Celebrity Softball Game
SeanCasey in 2015 MLB All-Star Legends And Celebrity Softball Game / Mark Cunningham/GettyImages

It's the All-Star break, so many players throughout the week are taking the time away from the game to rest up for the stretch run. But some organizations are using this time to restructure their coaching staff.

The New York Yankees made the decision over the weekend to fired hitting coach Dillon Lawson. Apparently, the Bronx Bombers already had a replacement in mind.

Former Cincinnati Reds first baseman is rumored by the New York Post's Jon Heyman to be taking on the job of New York Yankees hitting coach for the remainder of the 2023 season.

Former Reds fan-favorite Sean Casey rumored to join Yankees coaching staff.

"The Mayor", as he's known throughout the Queen City, spent eight of his 12 major league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. Originally drafted by the then-Cleveland Indians, Casey was traded to Cincinnati in March of 1998.

During his time with the Reds, Casey went three All-Star Games and was widely respected and loved by the Cincinnati media and fanbase. After the 2005 season, Casey was traded to his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates and before the 2006 trade deadline, the infielder was dealt to the Detroit Tigers.

Casey's major league career ended in 2008 after appearing in 69 games for the Boston Red Sox as a part-time player. While Casey has enjoyed time as a broadcaster in his post-playing career, his next job will be the first time that the 49-year-old will try his hand at coaching.

Sean Casey and current Yankees' manager Aaron Boone were great friends during their time with the Cincinnati Reds, so there's obviously some familiarity there.

Casey will not have an easy task, as the Yankees are currently outside of the playoff picture and have the eighth-best OPS in the American League. But over the last month, without last year's MVP Aaron Judge, the Yankees have posted an OPS of just .674. Only the Oakland A's and Kansas City Royals have been worse.

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